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Parent Japanese - German - Italian Collaboration
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 14
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration and Introduction
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
information regarding the activities of the Communist International and the defensive measures to be taken against it. At the time of the conclusion of this pact a secret agreement was entered into between Japan and Germany in which it was provided that in case one of the signatories was attacked, or was threatened with an unprovoked attack, by the Soviet Union the other party to the pact was not to take any action which would provide effective relief to the Soviet Union, and the signatories would hold an immediate conference to formulate measures to be taken for the protection of their common interests. 10 PURPOSE OF THE PACT The accessory protocol and the secret agreement, it is submitted, converted the pact into a military alliance. Notwith¬standing, the Japanese Foreign Office proclaimed to the world that the agreement was not directed against any particular country,11 0Exhibit 480, TP 5,937. Secret protocol attached to the agreement against the Communist International. 11Exhibit 483-A, TP 5,957. In an official statement of. the Bureau of Information, Department of Foreign Affairs, entitled, "On the Japanese-German-Italian Agreement Against the Communist International," published in the December 1937 issue of the Tokyo Gazette, it was stated. "The Japanese-German Agreement, as has been enun¬ciated, simply provides for a special type of cooperation between the two countries against the Communist International, as such it is not directed toward any particular country."