6 AUGUST 1921, Page 1

Japan has accepted President Harding's invitation to a conference on

disarmament. When Japan received the invi- tation she, not unnaturally, replied at first that before she accepted she would like to know to what she would be com- mitted. In answer to this, Mr. Hughes, the American Secretary of State, suggested that it was fruitless to wJrk out the details of a conference which there was no assurance that the Powers invited would attend. Would not Japan therefore give a definite acceptance, while the United States Government was prepared to proceed with preliminary exchanges of opinion regarding the precise agenda ? On these conditions Japan has definitely accepted the invitation, making certain so- called reservations in her acceptance.