Her homeland has lost its soul, its spirit and its pride, Yuko Tojo believes. And the only way for modern-day Japan to recover those assets is for the country to stop apologising for historical events that never happened. Which is why the granddaughter of the man who led Japan into the second world war announced recently that she is running for parliament in this month's elections. 'Politicians in the post-war years have said Japan committed atrocities, that Japanese troops did terrible things and they have to keep apologising,' Ms Tojo, a sprightly grandmother of 68, told the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan yesterday. 'I say there is no need for us to apologise because our ancestors did not commit the crimes of which they are accused.' Hideki Tojo was hanged by the Allies in 1948 as a war criminal. He served as prime minister between 1941 and 1944 and his granddaughter wishes to follow in his footsteps and win a parliamentary seat in the July 29 elections. Once there, she intends to rewrite history as it is generally accepted in circles other than the most hawkish in Tokyo. Her position on issues such as the 'comfort women', scrapping the constitution, the Rape of Nanking (now known as Nanjing) and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are so extreme that the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party has refused to accept her as a candidate. Ms Tojo is running as an independent in a Tokyo constituency. 'I have decided to run because I want to restore pride, dignity and honour in the Japanese people,' she said. 'After the war, my grandfather was treated as a war criminal, but I believe that restoring the honour of his name will restore the honour of the country as a whole.' Of the key issues that she intends to overturn, the military comfort women is high on the list. Criticisms from China, South Korea and most recently in the United States are interference in the affairs of another country, she claims. She also denies that any women were coerced into providing sex for Japanese troops during the 1930s or '40s. Similarly, lies about what has become known around the world as the Rape of Nanking have contributed to bad feelings between Japan and China, she believes. 'There have been many exaggerations about Japanese history, but the worst is the Nanjing Massacre,' she said, pointing to a number of films that are being produced on the topic that depict 'barbaric Japanese troops slaughtering 300,000 civilians'. Surviving records, she contends, prove that nothing of the sort happened, and instead that Nanking was seen as a haven and its population increased after the city fell to Imperial Japanese forces. Similarly, photographs of the events in the city are 'fabrications'. She also insists that the prime minister should visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine to pay his respects to the war dead every year. Ms Tojo also is firmly of the belief that the greater East Asian war was one of national defence and designed to liberate the Asian nations that had been colonised by the white races. 'Japan fought hard to remain the only Asian nation that was not under white domination, and even though Japan lost the war, it was able to protect its dignity and honour,' she said. Her first task, should she be elected, will be to submit a resolution to the Diet censuring the US for dropping the atomic bombs that ended the war. She believes they were merely military experiments on live human beings. She also criticised Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for failing to fire Defence Minister Fumio Kyuma after he said the use of the bombs in 1945 'could not be helped'. 'When a nation's honour, pride and dignity are under attack, the government should stand up and defend the country. But the Japanese government lacks the courage to do that. 'Japanese people are often not able to express their opinions openly, meaning that some historical facts are left vague. I will not be that kind of gentle or vague politician. I shall say what needs to be said.'