NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
29th June, 1940 : Japan’s Prime Minister Arita has declared that, while constructing a “new order” in East Asia and a “co-prosperity” sphere, Japan was paying serious attention to the development of the war in Europe and its “repercussions in various quarters, including the South Seas”. Arita said: “The destiny of these regions is a matter of grave concern to Japan in view of her mission and responsibility as a stabilising force in East Asia.”
When the rhetoric is stripped away these statements are interpreted by diplomatic observers as meaning that Japan is readying itself for war. The “new order” objectives are seen as being little different from the “new order” being imposed by Hitler in Europe.
[ Today similar statements by the Government of Communism China are interpreted as meaning that China is peaceful. ]