693.001/476: Telegram

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

24. Our 16, January 9, 8 p.m. In presenting the British note to the Foreign Minister65 on January 14 my British colleague said to Arita that their note had been drafted in London before they had knowledge of our note of December 3066 and that there had therefore been no collusion between the British and American Governments. [Page 351]The similarity of the two notes, he said, was therefore particularly significant as indicating that the two Governments were thinking along similar lines. The Minister replied that it was a matter of indifference to him as to whether there had been or not. Craigie says that no further comment was made.

Local press comment on the British note will be cabled shortly.

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