THE NATIONS: So Sorry, Mr. Sato

At 3 p.m. on a cold and sleety day last ' week, Japanese Ambassador Naotake Sato entered the Foreign Commissariat in Mos cow. He had been summoned by Foreign Commissar Vyacheslav Molotov, who had some Jap-shaking news :

"The neutrality pact between the Soviet Union and Japan was signed April 13, 1941 . . . Since that time the situation is entirely altered. Germany attacked the Soviet Union, and Japan, an ally of Ger many, helped the latter in her war against the U.S.S.R. Besides, Japan is fighting against the United States and Great Brit ain, who are allies of...

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