일본이 2차 세계대전 당시 침략국이 아니라는 주장을 폈던 자위대 공군 최고지휘관이 해임됐습니다.

하마다 야스카즈 일본 방위상은 31일 타모가미 토시오 항공막료장을 해임한다고 발표했습니다. 야스카즈 방위상은 타모가미 막료장의 발언이 부적절하다고 말했습니다.

타모가미 막료장은 최근 기고한 글에서 "아시아의 여러나라가 일본의 대동아전쟁에 대해 긍정적인 시각을 가지고 있다"고 주장했었습니다.

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The head of Japan's air force will be dismissed for writing a controversial essay in which he denies that Japan was an aggressor during War World Two.

Japan's defense minister (Yasukazu Hamada) today (Friday) announced the decision to fire General Toshio Tamogami, saying the general's views contradict the government's position on Japan's role during the war.

In his essay, Tamogami says many people think Japan caused unbearable suffering in Asia during the war, but he says many countries take a positive view of Japan's actions.

He also argues that Japan's military action in China was based on treaties.

The view is likely to anger Japan's Asian neighbors. It also goes against a statement issued in 1995 by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, which acknowledges the damage caused by Japan's past aggression and colonial rule.