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409 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 129 WASHINGTON, 19 June 1940, 7.39 p.m.


You will no doubt have heard from London of report dated 19th June
from the British Ambassador at Tokyo regarding statement of
Japanese Director of Military Intelligence to the British Military
Attache to the effect that unless British cease assistance to
Chinese Government, Japanese forces will seize Indo-China,
Netherlands East Indies and Hong Kong. [1] Statement [ended] [2]
with inference that Japanese fighting forces were the real
Government and not Foreign Office.

State Department has had cable from American Ambassador at Tokyo
[3] saying he had just seen Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs
[4] regarding above and that he advised military statement was not
to be taken seriously, but that Japanese Foreign Office were
considering question of military supplies reaching Chinese forces
from south and would shortly make representations, but on
different lines. [5]


1 See Document 408.

2 This word has been inserted from the Washington file copy on AA:

A3300, 13.

3 Joseph C. Grew.

4 Hachiro Arita.

5 This cablegram was repeated as no. 40 to S. M. Bruce, High
Commissioner in London.

[FA: A3195, 1.4474]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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