• Fukushima


It is sad to see again an attempt to justify what the Imperial Japanese Army did before 1945. The most difficult aspect of the essay written by former Air Self-Defense Force chief Toshio Tamogami is that his view is uchimuki (inward-looking) — only from the Japanese side. Japanese must think of the people who were invaded or colonized.

I recall a booklet written by Yuko Tojo, the granddaughter of wartime Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo. Tamogami’s opinion appears to be the same as Gen. Tojo’s.

I wonder if Tamogami believes in “civilian control” of the Self-Defense Forces. Tamogami, who went to a prestigious high school in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, should relearn Japanese history. We are surprised that he will receive full retirement benefits worth ¥60 million!

masayuki aihara

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