212 Bruce to Curtin
Cablegram S118 LONDON, 4 June 1943, 8.40 p.m.
IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET PERSONAL
EXCHANGE WITH JAPAN
Dominions Office telegram 127 of 4th June. 
I think that it is desirable that I should let you know that a great deal of feeling is being engendered here in regard to this question. I fully appreciate your feelings and your point of view, but unless in your opinion a separate approach to Japan by Australia is likely to lead to more satisfactory results in obtaining release of our people (Foreign Office and Dominions Office view is that the Japanese are not likely to respond to a separate approach by Australia on lines proposed), I suggest that you should very seriously consider whether we had not better agree to fall into line, at the same time insisting that in any future arrangements greater regard should be paid to Australia's point of view and interests of Australian nationals in Japanese hands.