RUSSIA-JAPAN: The Pact Begins to Work

Down from a Trans-Siberian Railway carriage at the frontier station of Manchouli stepped Japan's Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka one day last week. His hair was full of cinders and his head was full of plans. It was good to set foot once again on the soil of Manchukuo, since the previous Sunday more securely Japanese than ever. "I had not expected a neutrality pact with Russia at all," grinned Yosuke Matsuoka. "It was negotiated in ten minutes."

On to Tokyo sped the pleased little diplomat, through border country from which Japanese troops were...

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