FOREIGN RELATIONS: Realism in the Far East

A new clarity in U.S.-Japanese relations was apparent last week. In Washington the tension seemed to ease; in Tokyo the tension seemed to increase. Actually both the U.S. and Japan were acting directly along the lines of their dominant policies. The week was one of realism on both sides.

In his speech to the nation, President Roosevelt pointedly avoided any reference to Japan. He upheld China's hand, yet did not deliberately worsen U.S.Japan relations. Secretary of State Cordell Hull pointedly denied that there had been any change in relations with Japan because of the Japanese seizure in French Indo-China of...