|Parent||Collaboration Between Japan, Germany and Italy Volume III|
|Date||23 February 1940|
|Collection||Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records|
|Folder||Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 3|
|Repository||University of Virginia Law Library|
Proof (a)Document 4051, (Exhibit No. 511): "Top Secret! "Telegram (Secret Cipher Process) "Tokyo, 23 February 1940 08.45 hours Arrivals 23 February 1940 17.55 hours No* 143 of 23 February '40 For the Secretary of Stat* personally* "After my arrival here I found such Japanese already known to me as OSHIMAT ffilRATOHI, TERAUCHI. ISHI, etc. in an unchanged friendly attitude and ready for every support. I have the following impression of the political situation: at present domestic political difficulties mainly occupy all groups and parties. "In foreign politics the government is trying not to be led into the European confederation. Friendly attitude towards England and America. Before the military actions in Europe have any effectj no important decisions are to be expected. "The influence of the Army, greatly weakened since the last summer session, is already growing again. Further increase may be counted on. Well known pro-German officials of the Foreign Ministry and corresponding officers of the General Staff and the War Ministry have, for several ifloaths, been systematically transferred to foreign posts, i.e., China. A cancellation of this measure is being pursued here with all means. "I got into contact with the circles in question and agreed to continue the work after my return from America.