Yosuke Matsuoka & Adolf Hitler 1940; Wikimedia Commons

Yōsuke Matsuoka, Imperial Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs 1940-41 under Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe, was a strong advocate of the Tripartite Alliance with Germany and Italy, but not Nazi anti-semitism:

“…nowhere have I promised that we would carry out (Hitler’s) anti-semitic policies in Japan. This is not simply my personal opinion, it is the opinion of Japan, and I have no compunction about announcing it to the world.”

Indeed, throughout the war, the Japanese government continually rejected requests from the Nazis to establish anti-semitic policies.