chapter  17
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The Arms Embargo Campaign 1. A “Safety First” Proposal

IN the week of the League Assembly’s meeting, Press and Parliamentary interest in the Far Eastern problem reached a height unparalleled save at the most dangerous point of the Shanghai episode. The final critical stage confronted the League. There was, of course, no doubt that the Assembly would adopt the report prepared by the Committee of Nineteen. That Japan would reject the report was equally certain. Doubt existed only about the Japanese attitude towards continued association with the League. The Assembly met formally to receive the report on February 21st, and adjourned until the 24th. The report was then adopted. The decision was technically unanimous, Japan voting against and Siam abstaining. Matsuoka thereupon withdrew from the Assembly with the rest of the Japanese delegation.