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Based on his controversial essay that blamed Franklin D. Roosevelt for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, one would expect retired Gen. Toshio Tamogami to be a hardcore rightist unwilling to allow a counterargument in edgewise.

But in reality, the ousted Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff is a self-proclaimed “friendly gentleman” who arrived for our interview in a dark suit and tie instead of kamikaze bandanna or toothbrush mustache.

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