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Parent Collaboration Between Japan, Germany and Italy Volume III
Date 23 February 1940
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 3
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
"A. The first telegram was sent to Japan after I took office as Ambassador* While I am not certain what its date was, I believe it was in the beginning of November 1938. The answer did not arrive and I sent another one as I told you. Finally, after I sent the second telegram in December 1938, I received the answer which in general stated that because differences might arise between Japan and Germany upon the question of naming Russia as the principal concern and the other nations as secondary, in order to clarify this they would send a Commission from Tokyo. The Germans spoke to me in December 1938j regarding their wish. They had approached the Italians also. My communication to the Foreign Office requesting permission to proceed on this mission was sent in December 1938, and the answer was received from Foreign Minister ABITA in the same month. "Q. You may continue, General. "A. The IT0 mission first went to Italy, as it was on their road, and after staying there for two or three days proceeded to Berlin, arriving around the beginning of February 1939* A few days after this Ambassador SEIRATORI also came to Berlin from Italy. IT0 had with him the Government's plan and wishes on this pro¬posed treaty. Now, this is a very important point and while I do not remember all the details, I wish to outline the principal wish of the Japanese Government