Tokyo (Aug. 5)
A startling statement that Japan is desirous of having 50,000 German Jewish refugees as settlers in Manchukuo, Japanese-guided empire which adjoins the Soviet frontier, was made here today at a press conference by Yotara Sugimura, leading Japanese diplomat and former director of the political section of the League of Nations secretariat at Geneva.
Expressing sympathy with the Jewish people Sugimura suggested that German Jewish refugees settle in Manchukuo, pointing out the richness of the soil there, which he said is worked only by primitive methods at present.
DOUBLE MOTIVE SEEN
It is believed that the offer made by the Japanese diplomat was actuated by a double motive, the desire to hasten the development of Manchukuo through intensive modern farming, and also to erect a rival to the Jewish autonomous region in Biro-Bidjan, which Soviet authorities are pro-