90 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 897 WASHINGTON, 25 October 1941, 5.13 p.m.
I saw Sumner Welles  today. He said that Wakasugi  had
called on him yesterday to say under instructions that the
attitude of the new Japanese Government was in no way different to
that of the last and that they wished to continue exploratory
discussions in respect of which he would shortly be receiving
Sumner Welles was rather irritable about the statement yesterday
of the Secretary of the Navy  regarding the Far East.
Sumner Welles agrees generally with the first paragraph of my 865.
 He said that he believed that there was 'very little chance'
of the Japanese undertaking southward offensive in the near future
and he added, 'or northward either for that matter'. He said that
he believed that the Japanese and the Russians land and air
strengths facing each other in the north were about balanced.
[AA : A981, JAPAN 181, iv]