763.72/12571: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan ( Morris ) to the Acting Secretary of State

Your telegram December 19, 4 p.m. Since the publication of the interview reported in my telegram of November 3, 1 p.m.,3 Okuma has made no public statement with reference to Japan’s ambitions in the South Sea Islands. Reports in the American press are probably based on a special interview granted their representative which were [was] not given out in Japan.