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48 External Affairs Office, London, to Lt Col W. R. Hodgson, Secretary of Department of External Affairs

Memorandum S4011 LONDON, 19 June 1937



In continuation of S.3987 [1], the print forwarded to you by the
Dominions Office this week contains a record of an interview on
June between the Secretary of State [2] and the Japanese
Ambassador [3] on the subject of the proposed Pacific Pact. [4]The
Ambassador said that he thought his Government would have no
objection in principle to such a pact but that they might regard
its negotiation as a little premature at this time. The first
necessity, in his judgement, was to seek to improve relations with
other Powers in the Pacific, and more especially with the United
Kingdom Government. From such an improvement a Pacific Pact would
flow naturally.

1 Not printed. It related to the proposal by U.S. Presidential
adviser Norman Davis for the neutralisation of the Pacific, and
not to the Australian proposal for a Pacific Pact.

2 Anthony Eden.

3 Shigeru Yoshida.

4 For a record of the interview see Document 41.

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