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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
"I hear from well informed Japanese press source that the Japanese conference of the five ministers under the presidency of the Prime Minister had decided at two o'clock tonight after a discussion lasting several hours, to take UP diplomatic negotiations with Germany for the purpose of concluding a military treaty directed against Russia. Parts of the Army advocated a further military treaty also against third powers. The same was demanded by the Italian Government. The Navy had re¬commended limitation on Russia. Ambassador OSHIMA is supposed to have delivered the inquiry of the German Government, whether Japan would be willing to conclude the military treaty. Ostensibly, Germany is supposed to be content with merely anti-Russian pact and has requested an answer by April 3«—government here does not wish to break offj the bridge to America and England despite the treaty and is for this purpose supposed to be considering concessions in China. The newspaper ASAHI also mentions in today's morning edition a secret ministers' conference and announces that 'an important question of Japanese foreign policy would be decided upon in a few days.' OTT" (d) Document 4035, (Exhibit No. ):