500.A15A5/395a: Telegram

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

49. 1. The Embassy at London reports for our strictly confidential information that:

[Here follows the text of the last two paragraphs of the Embassy’s telegram No. 121, March 19, 7 p.m., supra.]

2. The Department has received a report from a reliable source that during the week following the promulgation by Germany of the new conscription law the Japanese Ambassador in Berlin had conversed three times with high officials of the more aggressive element in the German Cabinet, and that Germany is being pressed by Japan to ask for restoration of naval strength.

3. All of the foregoing is for your strictly confidential information and for any comment you may be in a position to offer. Please make no inquiry in any quarter.