894.00/995: Telegram

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

123. Mr. Fujii, personal adviser to Baron Hiranuma, in a conversation with a member of my staff today emphasized the “complete change [Page 17] in Japan’s internal political affairs and trends” since we last talked several months ago and he gave the impression that he believed the Japanese people to be determined at all costs to proceed with the nation’s present program for leadership in East Asia which is “vital” to Japan. During the conversation, however, he stated definitely that neither he nor Baron Hiranuma had “abandoned hope” for improved relations with the United States, and he had asked that Dooman35 be informed upon his arrival that Mr. Fujii desired to meet him “as soon as possible.”

  1. Eugene H. Dooman, Counselor of Embassy in Japan.