Memorandum by the Ambassador in China (Johnson) of a Conversation With the Japanese Ambassador in China (Ariyoshi)96

In the course of a call upon Mr. Ariyoshi reference was made to the disturbed situation in North China, and I mentioned quite casually the statement of General Tada as having added somewhat to the disturbance. The Ambassador at once took up the matter and said that General Tada’s statement had been a matter which the Foreign Office had instructed the Consul in Tientsin to inquire into. The Consul had reported that the pamphlet in question had been distributed to Japanese correspondents who had attended a luncheon given by General Tada; that the pamphlet was written by a younger officer; and that while in some parts it contained matter that was quite useful and good, in other parts it was very indiscreet, particularly where it directed an attack against General Chiang Kai-shek. He stated quite emphatically that the pamphlet did not express the views of General Tada nor of the Japanese Government. The Ambassador expressed himself as feeling that General Tada is an excellent officer, but he added that Colonel Sakai was a difficult person to deal with.

Nelson Trusler Johnson
  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in China, in his despatch No. 54, October 25; received November 18.