The biggest news last week of U.S. foreign relations was only an unconfirmed report. But it may well have been true, even if the U.S. had no part in it. From Washington the New York Times's Hallett Abend (who left Shanghai last October, after 14 years of service in the Far East) reported that Japanese Ambassador Nomura for nearly two months had been secretly trying to negotiate a U.S.Japanese neutrality and non-aggression pact with Secretary of State Hull.

Such a pact would presumably: 1) enable the U.S. to fight in the Atlantic without fear of attack by Japan; 2) enable...

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