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Parent Collaboration between Japan, Germany and Italy Vol. VI
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 6
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
as an investigation committee, held a committee meeting on the 16th day of this month. After hearing the explanations of the minister and various officials concerned, we have concluded the following strict investigation results: "For many years, on cultural matters concerning medicine, literature, legislation and various other fields, a mutual and close relationship existed between the two nations of Germany and Japan but with and after the conclusion of the Anti-Comintern Agreement in November two years ago, national intercourse between the two nations entered into a renewed amity. On the latter part of September of this year the German Government proposed for a conclusion of a cultural agreement between Germany and Japan, a recent practice prevelant between the various countries of Europe, so as to legalize the enlightenment of cultural relation¬ship between the two nations, thus leading to furthering the promotion of the cause and provoking to strengthen all the more our tie of friendship. Our Imperial Government approved this proposal. Thereafter the authorities of both parties concerned have conducted numerous negotiations and the arriving at an agreement led to the realization of this definite plan of a pact. However this does not mean that our Imperial Government prefers such an agreement with Germany alone. If conditions permit, similar agreements should be concluded with other nations also, as this cultural intercourse has a tendency to contribute valuable service to achieve the general aims of diplomacy. This was voiced by our authorized minister concerned. [handwritten: I will omit the next two paragraphs and will begin reading again with the last paragraph on page 2.] "This agreement lays down provisions and fundamental rules to legalize cultural relation between Japan and