Repeated to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister
Cablegram 1.579/24 TOKYO, 15 August 1940, 6.15 p.m.
Received 15 August 1940
My telegram No. 1568. 
1. Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs  sent for Japanese Counsellor  this afternoon and informed him orally that the Emperor had signified to him his willingness for the exchange of diplomatic consultations  with Australia and that he would be pleased to receive Sir John Latham.  Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs added that the Japanese Government were much gratified at the nomination of so eminent a person as the first Minister.
2. The Japanese Consul-General, Sydney , has been informed.
3. It was agreed that publication should be emitted pending mutual arrangement as to the time.