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WHAT WOULD JAPAN DO?

IF ENGLAND AND GERMANY FOUGHT ?

"What would Japan do if England and Germany became involved in war?" The question was put to Mr. K. Uyerto, Japanese Consul in Sydney, by a -Sunday Times" representative. "You ask mc a very difficult question," was the rejoinder; "1 am not a diplomat, and cannot enlighten you as you would altogether desire. Japan, however, has I a treaty with Great Britain, and until that terminates she must abide by it. My answer to you, then, is, "Read the treaty.'' Reference to the treaty gives a practically emphatic answer to the question, although, as we have seen only recently, in the Balkans, treaties have been broken. Article 2 declares: "If either Power becomes involved in war the other high contracting party will preserve strict neutrality, and use its efforts to prevent other Powers from joining in hostilities." Article 3: "If any other Power or Powers should join the enemy against the ally, the other high contracting party will go to its assistance, and will conduct war in common and make peace in loyal agreement with the ally." In reply to a communication containing their resolution approving of the Dreadnought gift, the National Defence League has received from the Prime Minister the following -message:—"l am very much indebted to the General Council of the National Defence League for their resolution of approval of the offer that has been made to the Imperial authorities by the New Zealand Government. I am also obliged for the expression of opinion regarding the defence of the Dominion, but at the moment I do not consider it is desirable to mix the two proposals. I am, however, alive to the necessity of giving the general position of the defence proposals of our country the closest attention."

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WHAT WOULD JAPAN DO? Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 76, 30 March 1909

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