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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
"Telegram (Secret Cipher Process) 14-10 hours ft 1310 hours Top Secret Tokyo, 18 February 1939 Arrival 18 February 1939 No. 70 of 18 February "For the State Secretary personally. "In annex to telegram of the first, No. 44. "Further news concerning Anti-Comintern Pact gives the following picture2- "Japanese Cabinet is supposed to have finally de¬cided upon an intensification of the pact, in opposition to the Anglo-phile ideas, especially of the court circle. The British Ambassador, greatly agitated, depicted Japanese pact policy to me recently as the wrong road, which would strain relations with England extraordinarily. Likewise, the former Japanese Ambassador to Washington urgently warned the Government in the Diet of alienating the Anglo-Saxon powers and succeeded in bringing about a one-hour review of Anti-Comintern policy which was not published. Other Diet members, on the other hand, repeatedly strengthened the government in its pact policy. "Comsul General ITO is to be sent to Europe with the special mission of instructing the opposing chiefs of /diplomatic/ missions /abroad/. "The Polish Ambassador and Reutera: Agency are spreading the news here that a military alliance has been concluded, which I privately considered /to be/ fabricated. These rumors preoccupy diplomatic and Japanese circles as