Special: London No Yamamoto Isoroku
Native Title: 倫敦ノ山本五十六
Also Known As: 倫敦（ロンドン）ノ山本五十六
Director: Ohara Taku
Genres: Historical, Drama
Aired: Dec 30, 2021
Aired On: Thursday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 1 hr. 13 min.
Katori Shingo,Kora Kengo,Kataoka Ainosuke VI,Kunimura Jun,Watanabe Ikkei,Shimada Kyusaku
It reflects the appearance of Isoroku Yamamoto, who had been struggling before being called a “hero” by the Japanese people, in his youth . Isoroku Yamamoto , who will later take command as Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Fleet in the attack on Pearl Harbor , which triggered the start of the Pacific War , is a reserve for the Second London Naval Treaty held in 1934. At the meeting, Japan will face disarmament negotiations with the United States at the risk of its fate, but the upper ranks of the Japanese Navy have emerged as a withdrawal party from the treaty.
Yamamoto, who was familiar with the tremendous industrial power of the United States, wanted to avoid the breach of negotiations because of the sense of crisis that “if the negotiations broke down here, Japan would be isolated from the international community.” . However, the upper management of the Japanese Navy who did not consider such a thing did not break the stance of “only if there was a conclusion” from the beginning .
This work is planned by Chiyo Umeda, the executive director of NHK . Eighty years after the start of the Pacific War, it was created based on a confidential document inside the Japanese Navy that was pioneered by NHK’s own interview .
According to this top secret document, Yamamoto envisioned a private plan to avoid the breach of negotiations before the breach of negotiations, in which the specific gross ton number that would be the limit was included as a number. He asked his home country for permission for this private proposal, but senior navy officials in his home country did not approve Yamamoto’s private proposal and ordered the negotiations to break down.
As the preliminary negotiations ended unsuccessfully, Japan decided to withdraw from the disarmament treaty. In December 1934, the Washington Naval Treaty was notified of the abolition of the treaty (the disarmament treaty is valid for two years after the abolition notice). Looking ahead to the unconditional December 1936 and beyond, the Yamato-class battleship, Shokaku-class aircraft carrier, Kagero-class destroyer, etc. We will start building ships. Japan was free to build giant ships as the treaty restrictions were no longer present. However, it was the way for Japan to push itself toward ruin.
The show shows that the turning point in the path for the Japanese Navy to fail in the defeat was the rupture of London’s disarmament negotiations.