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217 Mr E. E. Longfield Lloyd, Australian Government Commissioner in Japan, to Prime Minister's Department

Cablegram unnumbered TOKYO, 15 June 1938, 11.40 p.m.

Iron Ore. I have received a call from Baron Ito, President of the
Japanese Mining Company, accompanied by a mining colleague. After
brief talk they quietly informed me that they understood the
situation and as the Commonwealth decision is recognisable as a
matter of Australian domestic policy there is nothing more to be
said. This unexciting acquiescence in the situation by the only
local entity which could be materially concerned with the question
is in notable contrast to the extravagant Japanese official
comments although these latter are quite possibly uttered with an
eye to the methods of certain secretive societies here for which
reason it is suggested the Baron's remarks be regarded as not for
publication. The visitors did not mention compensation but
possibly had in mind introduction of a conciliatory atmosphere in
which any contemplated claims might have easier results for them.

Further protests if any thus do not call for much notice.

[AA : A981, AUSTRALIA 90]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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