The Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 18—7:17 a.m.]
58. 1. In response to interpellation in the Lower House on February 16 Navy Minister Yonai stated incidentally “I shall refrain from launching such naval expansion as would stir other powers and I have no intention of maintaining strength equal to the strongest naval powers in the world”. The house applauded this statement.[Page 623]
2. Last night former Ambassador Debuchi took occasion to call my attention to the significance of this statement.