The Japanese are not always tardy about answering diplomatic notes. Fortnight ago, when Britain, France and the U. S. heard that Japan was building 46,000-ton battleships, these London Treaty signatories, bound morally if not legally by that pact to do so, officially asked Japan if this were true. If true, the treaty powers were free to exceed their 35,000-ton limits.

Last week, eight days before the time limit for a reply had expired, the Japanese Foreign Office proved its mastery of delicate diplomacy. A note was sent to the three powers reiterating...

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