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Parent Collaboration between Japan, Germany and Italy Vol. VII
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 7
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
“General OKAMOTO then asked to be received by me and in a subsequent conversation made the following statement. "The Japanese Minister of War expressed his deepest gratitude for the statements made through the Military Attache. He, OKAMOTO, was very pleased to find 1&e fact once more confirmed that Germany would not leave Japan in the lurch in case of a conflict with the United States. He asks for information whether, in my opinion, Germany would likewise consider herself to be at war with the U. S. in the event of a Japanese commencement of war against her. I referred to the formulation of the above mentioned telegraphic instructions and to our readiness to conclude a reciprocal agreement on this matter. “OKAMOTO declared the aray /Wehrmacht/ assumed that a decision would soon be made on an advance in the South. To be sure, the result of the KURUSU talks would have to be awaited first. Even if no final time limit had been set for these discussions, the aray surely insists on speeding up since the season favorable for an operation in the South was imminent. “With regard to operational intentions, I got the following impression from the conversation. A surprise occupation of Thailand about as far as the Kra Isthmus seems to be planned. At the same time seizure of the oil wells of North and East Borneo should take place. It seems not yet to have been decided how the Philippines should be dealt with. I explained, in connection with earlier instructions that, with the presupposition of the preparation.