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Toshio Tamogami, a former top officer in the Air Self-Defense Force cashiered for historical revisionist comments, formally announced Tuesday he will run for Tokyo governor, pledging to build a stronger disaster response system with the SDF to brace for terrorist attacks during the 2020 Olympics or a massive earthquake hitting the capital.

“It is important to create a system with the SDF to rescue Tokyo residents when natural disasters hit Tokyo. My experience with the SDF would give me a great opportunity to do this,” Tamogami, 66, told reporters.

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