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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
"The activity of the already existing committee in Tokyo is above all serving the deepening of the knowledge of German culture in Japan* Similarly I see the task of the committee here as lying in the main in the direction of Japan-Germany, that is as working for the spread of the knowledge of things Japanese in Germany* The agreed and stipulated systematization of our efforts demands, however, that the activities of both committees are coordinated and that each committee for its own part furthers the enterprises of the other. This will be one of the essential tasks of the Foreign Office. "From what has been said, our Japanese friends may see that we have tried to create all the technical pre-requisites for a close practical cooperation. "A fundamental prerequisite, however, for the deepening and broadening of mutual international intercourse is the readiness of the nations themselves to give spiritually as well as to take. This readiness is in existence in wide circles of the German nation. To spread it ever wider is the task of this committee and the circles represented in it* "A second, just as important, fundamental of international cultural work has been expressed in the preamble to the German-Japanese culture agreement. Both governments have there declared that they are impressed with the realization that the German and Japanese cultures have their true basis in the German national and racial life on the one hand and the innate Japanese spirit on the other, and that the cultural relations between the two countries are to