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Japanese to Follow Strict Non-Involvement' Policy in East Indies
Tokio Official Sees No Evidence War Will Affect Islands Germany Is Too Busy'; Britain Not Likely To Act, Suma Says By the Associated Press. TOKIO, May 10.—Germany’s in vasion of the Netherlands has brought no concern in Japan over the Netherlands Indies, Yakichiro Buma, Foreign Office spokesman, said today. Japan, he said, is follow ing a policy of “strict non-involve ment.” He said Japan had no evidence to Indicate that the European move would affect the Indies. “Germany is too busy in Europe,” he said, “to pay attention to the East Indies,” adding there was no Indication that Great Britain was planning protective custody of the Netherlands’ rich and strategic colo nial possession. In proclaiming that Japan is “maintaining a policy of strict non involvement,” Suma said there was no need for special measures to en force this policy. Netherlands Indies Put Under Martial Law BATAVIA, May 10 (JP).—Gov. Gen. Tjarda van Starckenborgh Stachouwer issued a proclamation today placing the entire Nether lands Indies under martial law. In a broadcast he declared that the Indies as a part of the Nether lands Kingdom were at war with Germany, but that their status was otherwise unchanged. He said tliat the government was able to guard the East Indies terri tory and that any help from other nations would be rejected as un welcome. That statement was believed here to refer to an official Tokio declara tion April 15 expressing Japanese concern over any change in the status of the Netherlands Indies as a result of the possible involvement of the Netherlands in the European war. Secretary of State Hull on April 17 issued a formal statement assert ing that any intervention in the East Indies “would be prejudicial to the cause of stability, peace and security In the entire Pacific area.” The Netherlands government sub sequently announced that it neither desired nor would request any third power protection in the East Indies. The Governor General’s office an nounced that all Germans over 16 would be interned. Between 2,000 and 3.000 Germans are believed to be in the Netherlands Indies. Nineteen German cargo ships tak ing refuge in East Indies ports were reported to have been seized and their crews interned. It was said they had been preparing for a dash to the Russian Siberian port of Vladivostok. Waste paper gathered from street 1 ears, buses and subway trains of London last year weighed 488 tons. TOTAL WAR—FIRST CHAPTER—Here are today’s develop ments in new German blitzkrieg, with cities reported bombed underlined. Arrows mark major paths of action: (1) Germany’s sweep by air into Netherlands; (2) where Germans crossed Dutch frontier from east; (3) reported likely routes of allies; (4) Eastern France area bombed, with Metz Airport reported destroyed as bombs hit Delemont and Swiss mobilized. —A. P. Wirephoto. London (Continued From First Page.) under arms, most of them manning the Marginot Line, where the war has been stalemated since it started September 1 with Germany’s in vasion of Poland. Britain has about 200.000 soldiers in the continent, concentrated prin :ipally on the French-Belgian fron tier in positions for a quick drive to succor Belgium. This is the sector where the British saw a large part if their first activity in the World War. The Belgian government declared :ts capital, Brussels, was an “open :ity”—unfortified—and thus not sub ject to attack, although German jombers already had raided the Srussels airport. British dispatches said 400 dead ind wounded resulted from the raid. The Belgians asserted no troops would be allowed to pass through the capital. They hopec^ to save It from the ravages of war. A British source said uncon firmed reports had been received that the Dutch Frisian Islands in the North Sea, facing England, had been bombed and parachute troops landed there. The Armies of the Netherlands and Belgium, each numbering ap proximately half a million men, are vigorously defending their coun tries. and the bridges over the Maas River have been destroyed, this source said. Civilians streamed out of Amster dam fearful of imminent attack. Highways were clogged with autos and other vehicles piled high with bedding and other household goods. Pledges Firm Support. In response to the Belgian-Dutch appeals for help, Foreign Minister Lord Halifax pledged that “we shall stand firmly by the side of the Bel gian people and the people of the Netherlands in the struggle so wan tonly forced upon them.” Indication of British apprehension that more air raids might be in store for England was contained in fresh warnings issued for civilians to resume carrying gas masks and to familarize themselves with air raid shelters and first aid stations. The Ministry of Home Security issued a general warning to all England that “we must all be pre pared.’ All Royal Air Force personnel was recalled to duty today and all leaves canceled. Householders were told to over haul their domestic arrangements against air attacks. The home of fice said, however, that subway sta tions were not to be used as "shelters, since they are needed for traffic. Arrangements were made at once to assist in evacuating British sub jects from Belgium and Holland. Volunteers, mostly Belgians resid ing in England, flocked to the Bel gian Embassy, but were told their services were not needed yet. The Dutch raido announced that the German Ambassador had been informed “her majesty's government unconditionally rejects the assump tion that any understanding had been concluded with any foreign power against Germany.” Answers Naii Charges. The statement replied to Ger many's charges that the Netherlands and Belgium had agreed with France and England for allied troops to use lowland territory for an attack on Germany. The radio said the Ambassador, Count von Burkersroda, had been told that “in the face of the un exampled German attack, delivered without warning against the Nether lands, the Netherlands government regards itself at war with the Reich.” It was reported Germany likewise made no diplomatic approach in Brussels before the attack was launched. 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