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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
"At the time of the Munich Conference at the end of September the matter was brought up with MUSSOLINI and Count CIANO. This discussion was resumed during my visit to Rome at the end of October with the result that the Duce declared his fundamental agreement but still made a reservation with regard to fixing the date for the conclusion of the pact. Then the Italian Foreign Minister made known at the beginning of January that the Duce was now ready for the signing. "The text of the pact was worked out by direct consultation between me, OSHIMA and CIANO. Besides the above jshree points it also contained the obligation that in the event of a war waged in common an armistice and a peace would only be concluded jointly, and the duration of the agreement was set at ten years. The treaty draft was further supplemented by the draft of two secret protocols, which provided for immediate consultation on the execution of the obligations of assistance in the various cases coming into consideration, and in addition special measures for mutual treatment of questions on propaganda and press. Drafts were sent by OSHIMA to Tokyo by special courier where they were made the subject of cabinet deliberations. "At the beginning of March, OSHBiA as well as Ambassador SHIRATORI in Rome received instructions, ac- cording to which the Japanese Government agreed, it is true, with the idea of the pact in general, but, wished to limit mutual obligations of assistance only to the