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Nobusuke Tagomi is the Trade Minister of the Japanese Pacific States.

Biography

Early Life

He is originally from Kyoto, Japan. It is also revealed that he had a son who died in the line of duty, serving as a pilot of the Imperial Japanese Air Service during World War II, and a wife who died long before the start of the series. Their deaths left Tagomi devastated, and he still grieves about his loss.

Season One

As the series progresses, Tagomi decides to arrange a trip to the Japanese Pacific States for Rudolph Wegener, creating his cover as a Swedish businessman. This allowed the German official to provide detailed information about the Heisenberg Device to the Director of the Japanese Scientific Research. Tagomi knew that the development of the device was the key to the Pacific States' (and by extension Japan's) survival. He believed the device could possibly avoid the start of a Nuclear War; Tagomi revealed his character's high moral fiber when he was unwilling to sacrifice the life of Rudolph Wegener in order to achieve their goal.

The mission proves to be a success overall, though a failed attempt in regards to the Crown Prince's life, and the increased Japanese security that follows it, nearly causes the failure of their mission, risking the lives of both Rudolph Wegener and Tagomi. It also arouses suspicion from Inspector Kido (although ultimately this was not an issue as Inspector Kido later reveals that he knew and agreed with Tagomi's objectives all along, believing it was best for the protection of the Japanese Empire, keeping quiet and promising to take the secret with him to the grave, which Tagomi sincerely is grateful for).

Tagomi is later shocked to discover his actions could also lead to a Nuclear War, due to the Heisenberg Device. Since, contrary to his thought, the Japanese military officials, in fact, have no interest in avoiding a war, but would rather launch themselves a Nuclear Attack against the Nazi Empire to seize global control, now that they have the chance.

In the end, as he is growing tired of his attempts, Tagomi admits to Kotomichi that he is dismayed and was delusional, when he believed that he could change the future. He thinks he has become an old fool. Kotomichi's emotional response towards Tagomi's statement is "[you are] a good man, perhaps too good for this world", which surprises Tagomi, but he continues to feel tired and decides to cancel the appointment of the day to go to San Francisco's Union Square (renamed San Francisco Unity Square) to try to rest. While there, Tagomi, clinching Juliana's necklace in his hand, tries to meditate, but the moment he opens his eyes, he finds out that he is now in San Francisco's Union Square of a world where the United States of America and the Allies have won World War II. He even reads a newspaper about the Cuban Missile Crisis and US President John F. Kennedy imposing embargoes onto Cuba, which deeply confuses him.

Season Two

Tagomi, who somehow found himself seeing an alternate world-line through meditation during the season 1 finale, continues to become more and more intrigued by the things he witnessed, and begins his quest to seek answers on the mysteries of this alternate world-line. He discovers that Juliana Crain is the wife of his son and mother of his grandchild. She is a part of the "Ban the Bomb" club his son is a part of. She is kind to her father-in-law and seems to believe in him when the rest of his family doesn't.

Work in Progress

Appearance & Personality

Tagomi is shown as basically the antithesis of Inspector Kido (whom Tagomi respects, though with whom he's constantly at odds). While Inspector Kido is shown as a cold and ruthless (not necessarily sadistic) official, Tagomi is presented as an emotional and caring human being. He understands the need for violence, though is not fond of it, and he is deeply ashamed of the actions the Kempeitai took to enforce order, even to the point of asking Juliana Crain to forgive them.

Tagomi also has a passion for gardening, which relaxes him. He frequently consults the I Ching, the ancient Chinese text for divination, in order to see the future and the change of times. Tagomi has good relations with the Imperial Family, especially the imperial Princess, in addition to his collaborators and workers. That includes Kotomichi, who is his trusted aide, and even Juliana Crain who, as the series progresses, briefly works for him. Tagomi believes that she is destined for a greater purpose. After the failed assassination attempt on the Crown Prince, Tagomi finds Juliana's necklace which Frank lost as he ran from the platform, and which Tagomi keeps as a charm.

It's clear Tagomi has achieved the ability of physically phasing into the other universe completely, as the picture frame he is holding of his wife during the first time he did it falls to the ground and shatters, and a wider shot showing him no longer sitting in his seat, but instead vanished is seen. As well as him bringing an entire film back from their world back to his own as proof. Tagomi witnesses what could be the first concrete evidence of the possibility to "access" the other universes. Tagomi is possibly the likeliest person to prove this phenomenon, as he told Rudolph Wegener that he believes that "Fate is fluid. Destiny is in the hands of men". Nevertheless, he probably didn't know how right he was when stating said statement.

Relationships

To be Added

Appearances

Season One
"The New World"
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"Sunrise"
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"The Illustrated Woman"
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"Revelations"
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"The New Normal"
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"Three Monkeys"
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"Truth"
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"End of the World"
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"Kindness"
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"A Way Out"
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Season Two
"The Tiger's Cave"
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"The Road Less Traveled"
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"Travelers"
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"Escalation"
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"Duck and Cover"
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"Kintsugi"
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"Land O' Smiles"
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"Loose Lips"
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"Detonation"
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"Fallout"
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Gallery

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Notes & Trivia

The family name Tagomi seems strange for a Japanese, because this word can't be written in Kanji, the formal Japanese writing based directly on Chinese characters. Also, from his inkban (seal), it seems the original intention was to give him the name Tagami (Kanji: 田上), which means "upper rice field" and matches the way most Japanese family names are constructed.

References

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