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Parent Collaboration Between Japan, Germany and Italy - Volume II
Date 25 November 1941
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 2
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
c. Extension of the Anti-Comintern Pact (1) Germany and Japan discussed the advisability of re-cruiting Italy as a member of a proposed Anti-Comintern Pact between Japan, Germany, and Italy. Although it was intended that a new pact be concluded between the three powers, the obligations of the signatories to the original pact were preserved by making the new pact a protocol to the original pact of 25 November 1936. This protocol, concluded on 6 November 1937, on its face, was directed against the activities of the Communist Internationale, but it was desired by Japan for the purpose of promoting her international policies. Proof (a) Document 2157? (Exhibit No. ), Interrogation of OSHIMA, Hiroshi, 4 February 1946, pp. 31 and 32: ftQ. Do you know the circumstances incident to Italy becoming a party to the Anti-Comintern Pact. By that I want to know who suggested it and to whom? "A. I am not sure of what the circumstances were, but I believe that there were talks between Italy and Germany which brought it about. By this time it had gone out of my hands and I can only say that I recollects, that there was talk from the German side of recruiting Italy in the pact." (b) Document 870, (Exhibit No. ): "Record of the Proceedings of the Privy Council's Session "Subject! Conclusion of the Protocol between Japan Italy and Germany