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The Tripartite Pact between Germany, Italy and Japan.
The governments of Germany, Italy and Japan, considering it as a condition precedent of any lasting peace that all nations of the world be given each its own proper pIace, have decided to stand by and cooperate with one another in regard to their efforts in greater East Asia and regions of Europe, respectively, wherein it is their prime purpose to establish and maintain a new order of things calculated to promote the mutual prosperity and welfare of the peoples concerned.
Furthermore, it is the desire of the three governments to extend cooperation to such nations in other spheres of the world as may be inclined to put forth endeavors along lines similar to their own, in order that their ultimate aspirations for world peace may thus be realized.
Accordingly, the governments of Germany, Italy and Japan have agreed as follows:
ARTICLE ONE.-Japan recognizes and respects the leadershIp of Germany and Italy in establishment of a new order in Europe.
ARTICLE TWO.-Germany and Italy recognize and respect the leadership of Japan in the establishment of a new order in Greater East Asia.
ARTICLE THREE.-Germany, Italy and Japan agree to cooperate in their efforts on aforesaid lines. They further undertake to assist one another with all political, economic and military means when one of the three contracting powers is attacked by a power at present not involved in the European war or in the Chinese·Japanese conflict.
ARTICLE FOUR.-With the view to implementing the present pact, joint technical commissions, members which are to be appointed by the respective governments of Germany, Italy and Japan, will meet without delay.
ARTICLE FIVE.-Germany, Italy and Japan affirm that the aforesaid terms do not in any way affect the political status which exists at present as between each of three contracting parties and Soviet Russia.
ARTICLE SIX.-The present pact shall come into effect Immediately upon signature and shall remain in force ten years from the date of its coming into force. At the proper time before expiration of said term, the high contracting parties shall at the request of any of them enter into negotiations for its renewal.
In faith whereof, the undersigned duly authorized by their respective governments have signed this pact and have affixed their signatures.
Done in triplicate at Berlin, the 27th day of September 1940 in the 18th year of the Fascist era, corresponding to the 27th day of the ninth month of the 15th year of Showa (the Reign of Emperor Hirohito).
Source: RML. Vol XX. Nº 79. December 1940.
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