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Parent Japanese - German - Italian Collaboration
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 14
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration and Introduction
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
HIRANUITA who had succeeded Prince KONOYE as Prime Minister on 5 January 19399 was openly in favor of the proposed alliance, hut that the new Foreign Minister ARITA was "rather cold toward the idea.'-'^ HIRANUHA's views regarding the importance to Japan of collaboration with Germany and Italy also appears from his speech to the Diet on 21 January 1939 in which-he reported that Germany and Italy "have from the beginning of the present conflict consis¬tently given us wholehearted support, for which we are profoundly grateful. It is exceedingly gratifying that Japan's relations with these friendly powers with whom we are bound by the Anti- Comintern agreement are growing more intimate and cordial." As evidence of the part played by 0SHIMA and SHIRATORI in planning and forming the policy which finally culminated in a military alliance for the creation of a New World Order in con¬formity with Japan's so-called divine mission, SHIRATORI, on 6 February 1939, advised Count Ciano that a Japanese counter pro¬posal would be made and that it would be a compromise proposal which he advised Italy not to accept.85 This compromise proposal was brought to Berlin and Rome in February 1939 by the Ito Commission which was also charged v/ith the duty of explaining to the Japanese Ambassadors in Berlin and Rome the views of the Government and instructing them that they must work within these views.86 As O'SHIi-IA and SHIRaTORI desired a military treaty 83Exhibit 499-A, TP 6,092. 84See Note 74. 85Exhibit 501, TP 6,095. 86Exhibit 497, TP 6,072-6,079.