After consultation with the Privy Councilors We hereby sanction the Tripartite Alliance Pact between Japan, Germany and Italy signed by the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary with the representatives of the countries concerned in Berlin on 27 September 1940 and thereby order the promulgation of the same.
(The Imperial signature and seal) 19 October 1940 Countersigned by: Konoye Ayamaro (Prince) Prime Minister Tojo Hideki, War Minister Matsuoka Yosuke, Foreign Minister Oikawa Koshiro, Navy Minister
Treaty No 9
In view of the fact that the essence of eternal peace is to enable all the nations of the world to live in contentment and peace and that it is a fundamental principle to establish and maintain the order necessary for the realization of coexistence and mutual prosperity of the peoples of Greater East Asia and Europe, the Governments of Japan, Germany and Italy have resolved to cooperate with each other in efforts founded upon this principle, Moreover, the governments of these countries are prepared to render full cooperation, exerting their efforts for the same cause throughout the world,
and desire to realize the ultimate objective of establishing world peace. The Governments of Japan, Germany and Italy, therefore, have agreed as follows:
Japan shall acknowledge and respect the leadership of Germany and Italy in establishing the new order in Europe.
Germany and Italy shall acknowledge and respect the leadership of Japan in establishing the new order in Greater East Asia.
Japan, Germany and Italy shall pledge themselves to mutual cooperation in all efforts founded upon the above principles. Moreover, these countries shall pledge themselves to take very political, economic and military measure to assist each other when any one of the signatories is attacked by a country not participating in the European War or in the China Incident.
A joint special committee composed of members to be appointed by the Governments of Japan, Germany and Italy shall convene without delay for the enforcement of this Treaty.
Japan, Germany and Italy shall confirm the fact that the above articles will not in any way affect the political relationship between the three signatories and the Soviet Union.
This Treaty shall come into force immediately upon signing and shall cease to have effect ten years from the day of its enforcement. The signatories shall discuss the renewal of the Treaty upon a request submitted by any one of the signatories at an appropriate time before the expiration of the Treaty.
In attestation to the above, the following persons, having been duly entrusted by their respective governments, signed and sealed this Treaty. Three copies of this agreement were prepared in Berlin on 27 September 1940 - 27 September of the 18th year of the Fascist Calendar, and 27 September the 15th year of Showa.
Kurusu Saburo Joachim Von Ribbentrop Ciano