Dr. Ba Maw in Tokyo in 1943
In March 1943, Dr Ba Maw travelled to Tokyo (together with Thakin May, U Thein Maung, and General Aung San) for discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and others. Five months later, Dr Ba Maw would be proclaimed the adhipati (Leader) of the State of Burma and an ally of the Axis Powers.
The Burmese delegation's arrival at Haneda airport in Tokyo was featured on this cover of the Japanese magazine, Shashin Shuho. In the background of both photographs is a camouflaged Mitsubishi KI-57 transport plane, probably belonging to the Dai Nippon Koku (Imperial Japanese Airways) and likely the plane that flew the delegation from Rangoon.