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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
well as the international press, especially in connection with the intensification of the situation in Europe, In this connection the younger officers and active circles are expressing the hope for a conflict in Europe which might remove the pressure of the great powers in the Far East. OTT" (b) Document 1418, D (Exhibit No. ) “Diary of Count CIANO *** “Febraury 6, 1939: . . . ‘The Japanese Ambassador is skeptical about the possibility of an early conclusion of the triple alliance. He believes that the Japanese counter-proposal will be a compromise proposal which he himself advises us not to accept.’ “March 6, 1939: . . . ‘News from Berlin confirms that the Japanese Government objects to the signing of the Tripartite Pact. OSHIMA plans ot resign. He says that the Cabinet would fall. And then what? I do not see clearly. Is it really possible to involve distant Japan deeply in European political life, a life which is becoming increasingly complicated and uncertain, and which is subject to change, from one moment to the next, by a simple telephone call?’ ***