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Washington Treaty

An agreement concluded on February 6, 1922 by Japan, France, Great Britain, Italy, and the United States to limit the size, armament, and deployment of capital ships of war. The treaty limited capital ships in size and armament in order to maintain a 10:10:6 strength ratio between the navies of the United States, Great Britain, and Japan, respectively. In 1934, Japan decided to abrogate the agreement. Nonetheless, the treaty has come to be regarded as the first example of strategic arms limitation by international agreement. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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