A Man Who Aligned Japan with the Nazis (2021)


NHK has unearthed tapes of Oshima Hiroshi, twice-ambassador to Germany, who worked behind the scenes to push Japan to join the Nazis alliance.


NHK has been given access to startling audiotapes that provide a new perspective on the manoeuvring carried out by Japan’s wartime ambassador to Germany, Oshima Hiroshi, to bring the two 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.
  • Oshima was one of the main players in the forging of the Tripartite Pact between Japan, Germany and Italy.

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  • Release Date: 28 August 2021.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: Japan.
  • Language: Japanese and English.

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