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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
"In accordance to your request, I visited the Foreign Minister RIBBENTROP again at 7:00 P.M. of the 1st (GAUS in attendance). Foreign Minister RIBBENTROP stated that, much to his regret, he has been unable to contact Chancellor HITLER today due to the location, but believes that he might be able to contact him the following day or probably the day after tomorrow, and since the German side fully understands the haste on the part of Japan, utmost efforts shall be exerted to contact HITLER. "On that occassion GAUS asked me, in regard to the question of immediate participation in wars against America, whether it would be proper for him to interpret the aforementioned obligation as being mutual; to which your Ambassador gave affirmative answer. Furthermore, in regard to the 'draft of the declaration providing for non- conclusion of separate peace, 1 I stated that in my opinion it would be better for the three countries of Japan-Germany- Italy to issue a joint declaration since a Japanese-German and a Japanese-Italian declaration issued separately would be too juridical and feared to produce less political effects. However, since Foreign Minister RIBBENTROP earnestly requested me not to despatch any telegram to Japan to that effect as the matter has not yet received the approval of the Chancellor, I request that you will take this matter into consideration. "As mentioned previously, I have not yet succeeded in contacting Chancellor HITLER. However, as soon as it becomes possible, your Ambassador shall meet him and directly suggest to him the import of your instructions."