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notes that the chief object of the conference is disarmament.

In order, therefore, to assure the success of the conference, the Japanese Government deem it advisable That the agenda thereof should be arranged in accordance with the main object of the discus- sions as above defined, and that the introduction therein of problems such as are the solo concern of certain particular Powers or such matters as may be regarded as accomplished facts should be scrupulously avoided."

This, we presume, is a way—and a remarkably clever way—of saying that Japan will discuss disarmament, but will not discuss delicate Pacific problems such " Y-ap," " The open door in China," &o., Ac.