I saw Sumner Welles  today. He said that Wakasugi  had called on him yesterday to say under instructions that the attitude of the new Japanese Government was in no way different to that of the last and that they wished to continue exploratory discussions in respect of which he would shortly be receiving further instructions.
Sumner Welles was rather irritable about the statement yesterday of the Secretary of the Navy  regarding the Far East.
Sumner Welles agrees generally with the first paragraph of my 865.
 He said that he believed that there was 'very little chance' of the Japanese undertaking southward offensive in the near future and he added, 'or northward either for that matter'. He said that he believed that the Japanese and the Russians land and air strengths facing each other in the north were about balanced.