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Toshio Tamogami

Toshio Tamogami

Right-winger, Toshio Tamogami campaigning in Tokyo Governor election Right-winger, Toshio Tamogami campaigning in Tokyo Governor election

Covering the elections for latest Tokyo Governor race can cause you to run into some interesting people.

Probably my favourite oddball is the former Chief of Staff at the Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF), General Toshio Tamogama.

The leader of the right-wing group, Ganbare Nippon he is well known as a historical revisionist. His most famous controversy surrounded an essay he wrote in 2008 that questioned the accepted understanding of Japanese military aggression  in the lead up to the Second World War.

His modern political ambitions match these prejudices and he is running on a overtly nationalistic platform which has gained the full support of the the popular though similarly controversial ex-Governor, Shintaro Ishihara.

Worrying that opinions like the one these men share are so prevalent these days. I think Tamogami is a very dangerous and deluded man, who is, unfortunately, still likely to win.

More stock images of Toshio Tamogami electioneering in Tokyo at my archive site here:

Later

Damon

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