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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
(e) Refer to Interrogation of 0SHB1A, Hiroshi, of 7 February 194-6 (Document 2156D) (Exhibit No. ), pages 114-120 of brief. (5) After failing to reach an understanding with Germany and Italy as to the exact terms of the proposed pact, Premier HIRANUM on 4 May 1939 addressed a declaration to HITLER. He expressed admiration for the wisdom and determination exercised by HITLER in the noble task of reconstruction of his country and the establishment of international peace founded upon principles of justice, and stated that Japan was firmly and steadfastly resolved to furnish military aid to Germany and Italy even if one of these two powers were attacked by a power other than Russia, but that such support, in view of Japan's existing situation, could not be given until a change of circumstances made it possible. This declaration was amplified on 6 May 1939 by explanations made in behalf of the Army. Proof (a) Document 4043 B & D, (Exhibit Ho.503): "Telegram (Secret Cipher Process) "Tokyo, 4 May 19392200 hours Arrival 4 May 19392200 hours No. 184 of 4 MayMost urgent Top SecretI "For the Reich /Foreign/ Minister personally. "The Foreign Minister called me and communicated the following: The negotiations taking place in Berlin and Rome on the Anti-Comintern Pact came to a deadlock ■ _iM^fcI mi 11 ten days ago. To continue them, Prime Minister HIRANUUA directed a statement to the Fuehrer and German Chancellor, which the Foreign Minister read and herewith handed over to me for further transmission. I ftcc;epte$ the .statement, TII w-imiiT——— compiled in Japanese and French text, with the reference that I would communicate them by telegraph to the German