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A plan by former Air Self-Defense Force chief Toshio Tamogami to deliver a speech in Hiroshima on the day it remembers the U.S. atomic bombing in 1945 is an “act full of malice” being conducted in the name of freedom of speech, a former Japanese diplomat has written.

Tamogami was sacked last year when it was learned he had written a prizewinning essay justifying Japan’s militarist past and colonialism.

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