500.A4/287: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan (Warren) to the Secretary of State


392. My 390. In a conversation by appointment yesterday evening with Uchida, he said the Cabinet in general was satisfied with the proposals of the United States as to armament but had left details to Admiral Kato.59 He added that the proposals and methods suggested had not aroused important opposition in Japan and that the Japanese Government would not register with Admiral Kato any objection, but thought that there should be slight modifications.

He was most optimistic as to Chinese questions. He did not anticipate serious difficulty in arriving at a common understanding with other countries but thought that the present situation of China’s Government made it hard to deal with her.

We talked in detail of questions and he retained confident attitude that Japan could agree with the other powers on Far Eastern questions. He said he would submit the proposals and Admiral Kato’s reports to the Diplomatic Advisory Council on November 22 and expected no difficulty with that body.

  1. Admiral Baron Tomosaburo Kato, Minister of the Navy and head of the Japanese delegation to the Conference.