Toshio Tamogami, the controversial former head of the Air Self Defense Force, plans to announce his candidacy Tuesday for the Tokyo gubernatorial election, Japanese media reported Monday.
Tamogami is expected to declare his candidacy at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon.
Tamogami, 65, was fired as head of the ASDF in 2008 for suggesting Japan deserves credit, not blame, for its World War II actions. In an essay, he wrote that Asia benefited from imperial Japan’s activities before and during the war.
Tamogami, who now leads a conservative political association, has continued to defend his views, saying that Japan was unjustly subjected to what he called the history of the victor. He said he decided to write the essay because he believes Japan has been wrongly blamed for being an aggressor in World War II, and that it cannot have a healthy relationship with its neighbors or assume a more active role on the global stage until that view of history is corrected.
Tamogami is the second candidate to throw his hat in the ring to replace Naoki Inose as Tokyo governor. Kenji Utsunomiya, 67, a veteran human rights lawyer and a former president of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, has declared his candidacy for the Feb 9 election.
Campaigning is scheduled to begin on Jan 23.