The Manchurian Question: Japan's Case in the Sino-Japanese Dispute as Presented before the League of Nations

The Manchurian Question: Japan's Case in the Sino-Japanese Dispute as Presented before the League of Nations

The Manchurian Question: Japan's Case in the Sino-Japanese Dispute as Presented before the League of Nations

The Manchurian Question: Japan's Case in the Sino-Japanese Dispute as Presented before the League of Nations

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The Japanese Government have studied with all the care demanded by the importance of the document the Report presented by the Commission of Enquiry appointed by the League of Nations.

It has been the constant object of the Japanese Government to do everything in their power to afford information to the Commission and to facilitate their investigations. They sincerely appreciate the work done by the members of the Commission to make themselves acquainted with the details of a very delicate and complex situation, which presents many unfamiliar and novel features.

In view of the exacting nature of the task and of the very short time which could be devoted to it, it is not, however, surprising that the Report should in various passages be marked by omissions, inconsistencies and misapprehensions. To obtain a thorough knowledge of the situation, a year would not have been too long. A six weeks' visit to Manchuria and some weeks spent in the atmosphere of Peiping and Nanking could not impart full understanding, dependent as the Commission necessarily were on the information furnished them, and the views entertained, by authorities more familiar than they with the Chinese language and conditions. Had they had more time and visited other parts of the country, especially South China, the optimism which they express regarding the Chinese situation would, it is felt, have been considerably modified.

It is by no means the intention of the Japanese Government to indicate all the points in which they feel that the Report lies . . .

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