Editor says, What if Barack Obama's father had survived his 1982 car crash in Nairobi? We explore an even more stellar career, examining the importance of fatherhood in our development. This article is part of the Obama thread.
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Editor says, The Tamogami controversy was real, reported in CNN.com Asia on November 3rd 2008 - Japan fires military chief over WWII denial.
Wikipedia reports ~ Tamogami was dismissed due to an essay he published on October 31, 2008, arguing that Japan was not an aggressor during World War II and rather was drawn into the war by Chiang Kai-shek and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had allegedly been manipulated by the Comintern. The essay also criticized the war crimes trials which followed the war and stated that Japan's occupation of parts of China, Taiwan, and Korea had benefited the populations of those countries. Following this publication, Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada removed Tamogami from the post and ordered him to retire, since this viewpoint contradicted the government position and was likely to anger Japan's regional neighbors.
We've used this controversy as a lever to explore an America without Obama, one that is both different, and also, very similiar in outlook. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.