|Collaboration Between Japan, Germany and Italy Volume III
|23 February 1940
|Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
|Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 3
|University of Virginia Law Library
Germany began to get suspicious that Japan was attempting to weaken the treaty by a separate secret pact, of which she might in turn inform certain nations of the proposition. Japan on her part might have felt that Germany was attempting to drag her into matters outside the ken of her interests. "Q. Where is the ITO Commission during all of this? fUU They were around for sometime and were still there when the Japanese answer was received, but I believe they left sometime after this. !,Q. Had they left before the two members from your Embassy commenced preparing proposed drafts of the treaty? "A. Yes. "Q. It is not exactly clear to me now just what the ITO Commission did? "A. They simply brought me the wishes of the Japanese Government and following that had no duties, although they stayed around in Berlin for a time watching developments. MQ. Seems to me rather strange it should require that number of men to bring that message. "A. I believe they were particularly desirous of explaining their position fully, and wished me to under stand their ideas completely before proceeding. "Q. Did it take three men to do that instead of just one? "A. One could do it, but in Japan it seems to be the thing to send along an Army and Navy man.