Konoe Fumimaro

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 (kō′nō′yĕ′), Prince Fumimaro 1891-1945.
Japanese political leader who as prime minister (1937-1939 and 1940-1941) oversaw Japan's military expansion, sought to avoid American intervention in the Sino-Japanese War, and formed an alliance with Germany and Italy (1941).
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Konoe Fumimaro, the most significant and longest-serving prime minister during the period from the outbreak of the war in China in 1937 to 1941, was a political chameleon whose admiration of the Nazi totalitarian system played a not insignificant role if Japan's attaching itself to the Axis alliance in 1940, which further antagonized the United States.
On 16 January 1938, Prime Minister Konoe Fumimaro [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] announced that Japan would "have no truck with the Nationalist Government [under Chiang Kai-shek's [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] leadership]" (Ian 1996, 41).
The term "greater East Asian coprosperity sphere" first appeared in an August 1, 1940, speech delivered by Matsuoka Yousuke, foreign minister in the cabinet of Konoe Fumimaro.