The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan ( Morris )
Washington , December 19, 1918—4 p.m.
Press reports give summary of recent statement alleged to have been made by Okuma, indicating Japan’s ambitions in South Sea Islands. Please cable substance of statement, indicating reason for [Page 493] statement, date, occasion upon which made, and such other information as you may be able to obtain. Please mail full text in first pouch.