Jones left Britain on October 26th 1934 for a round the ‘World Fact
Finding tour’. After 10 weeks in the United States he departed
from San Francisco for the Far East in order to report on the political
situation in the area and investigate Japan’s intention of territorial
expansion. His ultimate aim was to write a book, but due his tragic
death in the hands of bandits in China on August 12th, 1935 he never
achieved his goal.
accomplish his literary ambition he would have referred to the following
documents. They include articles he wrote for newspapers (in
particular The Western Mail), interview notes which he intended to
publish as articles and various documents of interest to him, sent home as
clicking on the country names below will reveal summaries of related articles
written by Gareth. These articles can then be opened in order to view the full
States of America
of War Between America and Japan.
An article dealing with the reason for the Japanese
sensitivities in relation to the United States and report of an interview
with the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S.A. Mr Saito. They relate to the
opinions present in Washington.
Pacific Coast Outlook.
An article written with reference to the opinions of
the Californians as seen from a Pacific Coast perspective, the seaboard
being closer to Japan. It
considers the 1924 Exclusion Act of Japanese immigrants, the
non-recognition of Manchukuo and the presence of the American fleet in the
Article from Paradise Times (Honolulu)
referring to U.S.A. attitude to Japanese immigration.
& Disillusion in Hawaii. Gareth prefers Welsh beaches and
notes: 'This friendly feeling between peoples of various races
made the greatest impression upon me. '
Great Hawaiian Problem. Hawaii contains more Japanese - the
potential enemy - than any other nationality. There are
140,000 Japanese nearly one half of the population. Are they
loyal to the Stars and Stripes, or do they still worship the Son
Japanese Empire in the Balance. By Ishihara
Koichiro. An article in
Gareth Jones’ possession from the Japanese Weekly Chronicle, December
13th 1934 describing the ‘ravages of exploitation’ by the white races
Interview with Amau
(Amô) , Eliji, the Japanese Foreign Office
Spokesman. February and March 1935. He proposed the
‘Amau Doctrine’ on April 17th 1934, which opposed Western aid to China
and considered that Japan had a special mission to maintain peace and
order in East Asia.
Anglo-American Relations From the Japanese Point of View. March
1935. This article considers the varying and conflicting points of view of
politicians as to whether an understanding was feasible with Japan.
Will Japan adopt Fascism? March 5th, 1935. An interview with Matsuoka
Yosuke who headed the Japanese delegation that attended the meeting of the
League of Nations which denounced Japan for its conduct in annexing
Manchuria. He left the meeting and in March 1933 Imperial sanction
was given for Japan to withdraw from the League of Nations.
What Japan wants in a Naval Treaty? March 6th, 1935. Interview
with Admiral Osumi Mineo, the Naval Minister.
Interview With General Araki Sadao. He was appointed Minister of War in
December 1931 with the Constitutionalists. He supported the
Strike-North faction, which favoured expansion into Communist Russia and
prime mover in the conquest of Manchuria.
General Hayashi : Gareth Jones’s Questions To Japan’s War Minister.
Hayashi assumed the position of Minister of War after General Araki. He
supported the rival faction was the Tosei-Ha or control school, which
favoured striking south into China.
I discover the Seven Japanese Virtues. Gareth Jones’ praises the virtues
of Japan as against the much publicised vices.
Forgiveness for the “Rape” of Manchuria. If the bitterness of
the Chinese is so great against the Japanese, the course of
co-operation between the two nations will not run smoothly, and
“Asia for the Asiatics” will long remain empty dream.
v. Industrialists. Conflict in Japan. “The Army hates Osaka -
the Manchester of Japan - for Osaka symbolizes capitalism, and the
Army is anti-capitalistic.
from Chapter on Japan from Gareth Jones - A Manchukuo Incident including
AMAU’S (Summer 1935) PRESS CONFERENCES, interviews with SIR
ROBERT CLIVE, BRITISH AMBASSADOR, MATSUOKA YOSUKE, GENERAL ARAKI
SADAO and ADMIRAL OSUMI MINEO
Philippines March/April 1935
Colony Fears Freedom it has Found.
Light on the Way to the Philippines.
first two articles deal with the issues that are feared following the granting
of independence to the Islands by President Roosevelt and Act of Congress.
The last article is a general article relating to his Far Eastern
(Indonesia) April 1935
Influence Spreads South.
fears of Japan in the Netherlands East Indies.
of Poisons, Witchcraft and Curses. The Land of Four Curses.
Gareth discusses the less political problems of French Indo-
first two of these articles cover the fears that are directed towards the
Japanese ambition of expansion in the Far East and the
acquisition of colonies. The third is a light-hearted piece about the
local belief in witchcraft.
(Thailand) April and May 1935
with Luang Pradit. Pridi Panomyong (Luang Pradit) was a law
graduate who became leader of a group of idealists dissatisfied
with the arrogance of the Royal Princes. In 1932
Pradit was involved in a coup d'etat to overthrow the
The Siamese Minister of Education, The Professor and the Journalist. A
Trilogue. A discussion on Siamese education.
Does Japan Dominate Siam? Interesting article in view of the fact
Siam was the only country which refrained from voting against
Japan at the League of Nations.
Japanese Influence in Siam. Similar article to ‘Does Japan
Dominate Siam?’ but deals more with the economy and trade between Japan
Asia is speeding towards State
Socialism. Gareth Jones asks the question: “Will the 20th
century see a Socialistic Asia, which will be able by its industry
and discipline to conquest the markets of Europe and America?”
THE FAR EAST ASIA. Militarism In Asia. Gareth
Jones discusses the Worship of the Soldier in the countries he has visited
in the Far East and the rise of militarism.
last four articles are devoted to Gareth Jones’ far reaching
interpretation of newspaper reports, interviews and discussions undertaken
with the view of investigating the intentions of the Japanese. The
opinions of his associates earlier in his ‘Round the World Fact Finding
Tour’ were conflicting and Gareth wished to investigate the truth.
The varying opinions range from those of persons in Japan to the final
interview with Marshall Chang Hsueh-liang.
- Date uncertain. Mr Archie Rose gave this synopsis of the
political and economic situation of China in the mid-30s to
of Canton. Interview by Gareth Jones on June 7th 1935.
from Canton to Changsha. June 12th 1935. Gareth undertook
an adventurous journey unaccompanied to ‘Yale in China’, Changsha
through bandit territory.
with Marshall Chang Hsueh-liang, Marshall Chiang Kai-shek’s deputy
Commander-in-Chief on June 20th 1935. The Young Marshall’s father was killed by
the Japanese and he lost his province of Manchuria to them following
the Mukden Incident in 1931. He vehemently hated the Japanese. In view
of this Gareth Jones’ questions are very direct!
with Prince Teh Wang. Chief of the Mongol princes on July 14th 1935, an interview taken
from Gareth Jones’ diaries.
"Gareth Jones Murdered- Shot by
his Kidnappers." Berliner
Tageblett, 16th August 1935 Front page editorial obituary by
editor-in-chief, Paul Scheffer, also banned for his Soviet
reporting of the late 1920s and also a newspaper for which Gareth Jones wrote.