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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
changed views of the Government, "but that these had been the Government's views all along. "Q. And those views were somewhat different than the course Ambassador OSHIMA and Ambassador SEIBATORI had been pursuing, for you, the two Ambassadors had been concerned with Russia as the prime object and the other nations as secondary objects without any reference to Communism in so far as the secondary nations are concerned. Now it is changed? "A. Essentially, my point is that was this a change that had taken place then or had the Japanese Government always held these views? Officially, there had been no change; it was only that I felt that this was a point that had not been brought up before, so, weighing all the rumors and my own thoughts on the matter I reached the conclusion that it must have been a change. "Q. So that in fact, General, ITO and his associates brought with them to you and to Ambassador SHIRATOEI the then views of your Government and said that you must work within these views? "A. That is correct." * * * Interrogation of OSHIMA, Hiroshi, of 12 February 1946, pages 74 and 75* ,fQ. General, if I understood you correctly yesterday when we were discussing the time RIBBENTROP mentioned to you the idea that Germany might seek a non-aggression