| 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 place, have decided to stand by and
co-operate 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
co-operation to such nations in other spheres of the world as may be
inclined to put forth endeavours along lines similar to their own, in
order that their ultimate aspirations for world peace may thus be
Accordingly, the governments of Germany, Italy and Japan have agreed as
Japan recognizes and respects the leadership of Germany and Italy in
establishment of a new order in Europe.
Germany and Italy recognize and respect the leadership of
the establishment of a new order in greater East Asia.
Germany, Italy and Japan agree to co-operate in their
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.
With the view to implementing the present pact, joint
commissions, members which are to be appointed by the respective
governments of Germany, Italy and Japan will meet without delay.
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 the three contracting powers and Soviet Russia.
The present pact shall come into effect immediately upon signature
and shall remain in force 10 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 hereto
Done in triplicate at Berlin, the 27th day
of September, 1940, in
the 19th 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).