762.94/303: Telegram

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

140. Department’s 67, March 21, 7 p.m. As the Minister for Foreign Affairs was occupied all day in the Diet, I called on the Vice Minister and made, as under instructions and for information of my Government, the oral inquiry desired by the Department. The Vice Minister said that he would investigate.

This evening the Vice Minister informed me that although the Foreign Office has received no report as to how instructions were carried out in Berlin, the Japanese Ambassador in Berlin was directed to convey to the German Minister for Foreign Affairs “congratulations on the appropriate measures taken by Germany in the face of the threat of Slovakian independence, which measures it is believed will contribute to the peace of Europe and ultimately to the peace of the world”.

The Vice Minister states that no congratulations were sent direct from the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs to either the German Chancellor or the German Minister for Foreign Affairs.