A Man Who Aligned Japan with the Nazis
NHK has been given access to startling audiotapes that provide a new perspective on the maneuvering carried out by Japan's wartime ambassador to Germany, Oshima Hiroshi, to bring the 2 countries into alignment, spelling catastrophe for his homeland.
Oshima was described as the Japanese with the closest relationship with Hitler.
Oshima was convicted as a class-A war criminal by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.
The leadership and most of the people of Japan were operating under the false impression that Nazi Germany would prevail.
Oshima was one of the main players in the forging of the Tripartite Pact between Japan, Germany and Italy. This put Japan on a path to war.