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Greater East Asia Conference

5 Nov 1943 - 6 Nov 1943

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

In contrast with the Western Allies' many top level conferences during WW2, the Axis alliance in Asia only held one conference in Tokyo, Japan in Nov 1943. It served more so as an instrument of propaganda than a true political summit; no military representatives were present, thus this conference served little military purpose. Prior to this conference, Japan vaguely promised the return of western concessions to China and independence for Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, and India. Prime Minister Hideki Tojo reaffirmed these promises at the conference and all participating leaders committed to their common Pan-Asian goals. While Japan never viewed any of the participating nations anything more than vassal states, the conference marked a turning point in the Japanese leadership's thinking in that some cooperation must be secured in the conflict against western powers.

Sources:
Dan van der Vat, The Pacific War
Wikipedia

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Attendees of the Greater East Asia Conference entering the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan, 5 Nov 1943Attendees of the Greater East Asia Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 5 Nov 1943, photo 1 of 4; left to right: Ba Maw, Zhang Jinghui, Wang Jingwei, Hideki Tojo, Wan Waithayakon, Josť Laurel, Subhas Chandra BoseAttendees of the Greater East Asia Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 5 Nov 1943, photo 2 of 4; left to right: Ba Maw, Zhang Jinghui, Wang Jingwei, Hideki Tojo, Wan Waithayakon, Josť Laurel, Subhas Chandra BoseAttendees of the Greater East Asia Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 5 Nov 1943, photo 3 of 4; left to right: Ba Maw, Zhang Jinghui, Wang Jingwei, Hideki Tojo, Wan Waithayakon, Josť Laurel, Subhas Chandra Bose
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Attendees of the Greater East Asia Conference entering the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan, 5 Nov 1943
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