Diplomacy as Choreography: The Greater East Asia Conference of 1943

Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 4:30 pm


Naoko Shimazu

Birkbeck, University of London

Diplomacy as Choreography: The Greater East Asia Conference of 1943

The Greater East Asia Conference was convened in Tokyo in November 1943 at the behest of Prime Minister General Tojo. It was attended by the Republic of China (Wang Jingwei), Manchukuo, Philippines, Burma and Thailand, with the Provisional Government of India as an observer. Prof. Shimazu argues for the importance of understanding the 'symbolic' in international diplomacy and 'diplomacy as theatre'. Prime Minister Tojo played a dramatic role, performing a 'choreographic feat' in the organization of the conference, many aspects of which revealed contending meanings he attached to his vision of 'Greater East Asia'.

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