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Japan's deputy PM retracts Hitler remarks
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Japan's deputy PM retracts Hitler remarks

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso backtracked on Wednesday after he used Hitler as an example for legacy in politics.

"I don't question a politician's motives; it is delivering results that matter," Aso said at a seminar for members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. "Hitler, who killed millions of people, was no good, even if his intentions had been good."

Kazunori Yamanoi from the opposition Democratic Party, also slammed the statement as "a serious gaffe," according to Kyodo News service. The comment "was extremely shameful as one made by a Cabinet minister. I cannot help but question his competence," Yamanoi added.

Aso admitted the remark was inappropriate and insisted he had no intention of defending Hitler.

"If you take my comment in its entirety, it is clear that my perception about Hitler is extremely negative and that Hitler was wrong in his motivation," he said in a statement issued by the finance ministry. "It was inappropriate that I cited Hitler as an example and I would like to retract that."

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
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