Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
34 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the acting Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the acting Prime Minister of New Zealand
1. We learn from a most secret source that the new Japanese Government3 are proceeding with demands on Vichy, and that unless the French have previously agreed, bases in Indo-China will be occupied by force on 24 July. The United States Government have similar information….4
3. The State Department have also informed us that they have learned that eleven Japanese troopships left ports in China on 21 July, and that a convoy of Japanese troopships has left Formosa for an unknown destination.
3 A new Cabinet was formed on 18 July. Prince Konoye remained Prime Minister, but Vice-Admiral Toyoda replaced Mr Matsuoka as Minister for Foreign Affairs.
4 A security direction has been omitted.