500.A15A5/450: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom (Atherton)

216. Further reference your 359, August 9, 7 p.m. We are wondering whether, in seeking qualitative limitation even without quantitative limitation, the British have obtained information to the effect that the Japanese have modified their position expressed last year that they could not agree to qualitative without quantitative limitation.52 We have no word which would indicate that the Japanese have receded from this position. Please endeavor to ascertain whether there has been any change in this respect.

  1. See memorandum of conversation in the Prime Minister’s office, November 23, 1934, Foreign Relations, 1934, vol. i, p. 368.