The Chargé in Japan ( Bell ) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 27—2:53 p.m.]
41. My 34 , January 22, 4 p.m.2 In reply to interpellations during the opening debates of the Diet Premier Hara after reviewing the history of Siberian expedition and the reasons for the retention up to the present time of Japanese troops in Vladivostok and vicinity, stated that in order to prevent the disturbed conditions in Siberia from affecting Japan troops must be retained there until tranquillity is restored.
The Minister of War in reply to an interpellation in connection with the shooting of Lieutenant Langdon3 stated that although it had not yet been determined who was the first to shoot, he doubted whether it was the Japanese sentry. He added that in compliance with the request of the dean of the consular corps in Vladivostok the Japanese forces had been taking steps to preserve order there.