chapter  4
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The “Forensic Defence” of Japan 1. The Speech of December 7th

THE debate in the League Assembly on the first day (December 6th) attracted very little notice in the British Press. Reports in general were brief, and, for the most part, stressed the “call to stand by the Covenant” on the part of the speakers. According to the Telegraph’s Correspondent, the tenor of the speeches indicated that the Assembly was in favour of the full application of the Lytton Report. He said that the language of most of the speakers was very strong, and everyone had emphasised that this was the testing time of the League. The very brief reference in the Express spoke of strong criticism of Japan’s “aggressive” action having been made by a number of States, including Ireland, which declared for refusal to recognise the new State of Manchukuo.