TOKYO, Oct. 9, 1931 (UP) - The government of Premier Reijiro Wakatsuki appeared tonight to have been forced to accept the firm attitude of the Japanese military group in dealing with the Manchurian conflict, despite the strong conciliatory policy of Foreign Minister Baron Shidehara.
The government was understood to have given full approval of the Japanese airplane attack on Manchurian provisional headquarters at Chinchow, taking the position that even if the bombings had not been sanctioned the commanding general in Manchuria acted within his powers in ordering the raid.
It was understood that a general restatement of the Japanese position and an indication of the basis on which Japan is ready to negotiate with China for settlement of the conflict was contained in a new note prepared for transmission to the Nanking government. Cabinet members admitted that the note sent yesterday protesting the spread of anti-Japanese agitation in China was for foreign consumption as well as a warning to China designed to prepare world opinion for additional military measures to protect Japanese interests.
All indications of a wider rift between the foreign office and the military authorities were minimized by the government.