Protocol Between Japan and France with Reference to
Common Defense of French Indo-China
(Signed at Vichy on 29 July 1941).

The Imperial Government of Japan and the Government of France, in consideration of the current international situation, hereby recognize that in case the security of French Indo-China is threatened, Japan has proper cause to believe that the general peace in East Asia and her own security are exposed to danger. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Japan reaffirms her previous promise that she will respect the rights and interests of France in East Asia, especially the territorial integrity of French Indo-China and the sovereignty of France over the entire Union of French Indo-China while France on her part reaffirms her previous proviso that she will not make any agreement or understanding with any third party nations regarding French Indo-China whereby she will be obliged to offer political, economic, or military cooperation which will affect Japan directly or indirectly. Thus the following provisions are agreed upon by the two nations:

1. Both Governments agree to engage in Military cooperation for the common defense of French Indo-China.

2. Measures to be taken for implementing the above mentioned cooperation will be the subject of special arrangements.

3. The above-mentioned provisions will remain valid only as long as the situation which caused the adoption of them continues to exist. (The rest is omitted)


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