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Japanese General who said U.S. is responcible for Pearl Harbor attack is terminated

A Japanese General was fired Friday for writing an essay which stated that Japan was not an aggressor during World War II and the U.S. was to blame for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Gen. Toshio Tamogami, the 60-year-old chief of staff of Japan’s air force, posted his essay on a private company's website and was fired hours later by the Japanese Defense Ministry, the New York Times reported.

"It is certainly a false accusation to say that our country was an aggressor nation," Tamogami said in the essay.

The essay also said that U.S. President at the time Franklin D. Roosevelt had manipulated Japan into the war, the BBC News reported.

The Japanese government said Tamogami's views do not represent the views of Japan.. “It was improper for a person in his capacity as air force chief of staff to publicly state a view clearly different from the government’s,? Yasukazu Hamada, The Japanese defense minister said.