Memorandum of a Conversation between the Secretary of State and the Japanese Ambassador (Shidehara), June 30, 1921
The Japanese Ambassador stated that he had called merely to present a proposed statement which he desired to make public, with respect to the renewal of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, in case the Secretary had no objection; that his Government had instructed him not to publish it if there was objection. The Ambassador then handed the attached statement to the Secretary who read it. The Secretary said that he would not undertake to interpose any objection to the publication of the statement; he would like to have it clearly understood that the statement if made public by the Ambassador was to be made exclusively on his own responsibility and not with the concurrence of this Government; this Government did not desire to make any statement regarding the publication or to assume any responsibility whatever in the matter. With this understanding the Secretary had no objection.