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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
"'Should Japan become engaged in a war against the United States Germany, of course, would join the war immediately. There is absolutely no possibility of Germany's entering into a separate peace with the United States under such circumstances. The Fuehrer is determined on that point.' "In closing this conference, Foreign Minister Ribbentrop requested that the contents of our talks be kept a strict secret. Please, therefore, exercise particular caution in handling this message. "I have shown copies of this message to the military and naval attache's, Lt.-Gen. (Vice Adm.?) Nomura, and Maj-Gen (Rear Adm.?) Abe. Please show a copy to the Army and Navy authorities in Tokyo, too. "(In the last section of the first part of this message, we wrote *** 'the U. S. would undoubtedly try to avoid meeting German troops' *** That should have read: 'the U.S. would undoubtedly try to avoid war'.) 25556 , JD-1: 6942 * See end of message. (D) Navy Trans. 12-1-41 (7)" (4) Between the 1st and 3rd of December 1941, Ambassador OSHIMA received a telegram from Tokyo stating that the Japanese Government desired Germany's participation in the event of a United States-Japanese conflict, and further that the Japanese Government desired that a "No SeparatePeace Pact" be signed. At a conference between Ambassador OSHIMA and Foreign Minister RIBBENTROP, OSHIMA was advised that the agreement not to conclude a peace treaty should be the joint action of Japan, Germany and Italy as distinguished tfrom separate agreements.