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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
Foreign Minister, and I refrained from giving any opinion. The same statement was previously communicated and just delivered to the Italian Ambassador for MUSSOLINI. "Text in translation: ,MI cherish great admiration for the lofty wisdom and the iron will with which His Excellency, Chancellor of the German Government, HITLER, is working at the noble TN|T:I,I_IIIT J. I-1 jujliiuI1HTrTT~H " ~ task of the reconstruction of his country and at the estab- i! "" rrn — 'I r |i m mi"" Willi 11 IN*nil iiinnii IIWIIMIHWII IIIMIIII II n ■IWIIITI I lishment of an international peace founded upon principles of justice. MII, for my part, as Japanese Prime Minister, am likewise occupied with the strengthening of peace and wit" the maintenance of a New Order in East the principles ofjustice and morality. "'In this splendid hoar It Is a confirmed joy to me how effective the Anti-Comintern Agreement between our two countries proves itself in the execution of tve tasks placed before them. And today if I have in view the conclusion of an agreement to strengthen the Anti-Comintern Pact and to make closer the co-operation between Japan, Germany and Italy, this does not only occur out of consideration of more expediency /Zweckmaessigkeit/ of it, but in the hope that in that way we may contribute to the consolidation of a world peace founded upon justice and morality in con¬sciousness of our common tasks* Now, as far as the strengthening of our relations is concerned, I can affirm that Japan is firmly and steadfastly resolved to stand at the side of Germany and Italy even if one of these