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30 Mr J. D. L. Hood, External Affairs Office, London, to Lt Col W. R. Hodgson, Secretary of Department of External Affairs

Memorandum S3878 LONDON, 22 May 1937

In continuation of S.3865 [1], during a farewell conversation on
19th May between Sir R. Clive [2], the Minister for Foreign
Affairs [3] and the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs [4], the
Japanese Ministers referred to Mr Lyons's suggestion of a non-
aggression pact. Sir R. Clive reported his conversation with Count
Makino [5] and complete agreement was expressed on the following

(1) An understanding in the Pacific, especially between Great
Britain, the United States of America and Japan, should be the
objective to be worked for.

(2) A conference at present would be premature. Much detailed
preparation would be necessary before any such understanding could
be usefully discussed.

(3) An improvement in Japan's relations with China was the first
essential. This, the Ambassador said, would be welcomed in England
and, he believed, in the United States of America. The way would
then be clearer for a general understanding regarding the Pacific.



1 Not printed.

2 U.K. Ambassador to Japan 1934-37, whose term was about to

3 Naotake Sato.

4 Kensuke Horinouchi.

5 Count Nobuaki Makino (1862-1949), former diplomat, cabinet
minister and Minister of the Imperial Household; Lord Privy Seal
1925-35; father-in-law of Shigeru Yoshida.

6 Although Hodgson was in London, this memorandum was addressed to
'The Secretary, Department of External Affairs, Canberra', as was
customary. Copies were sent to Canberra, and to Hodgson in London
(See file PA : A2938, Regional Pact).

[AA : A981, PACIFIC 23]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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