Ja­pan deputy PM sorry for re­marks

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Ja­pan’s deputy prime min­is­ter has re­tracted a com­ment that seemed to sug­gest that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had good in­ten­tions.

Taro Aso was speak­ing at a sem­i­nar for his fac­tion in the rul­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party on Tues­day when he said: “I don’t ques­tion a politi­cian’s mo­tives; it is de­liv­er­ing re­sults that mat­ter. Hitler, who killed mil­lions of peo­ple, was no good, even if his in­ten­tions had been good.”

Mr Aso said that re­mark was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” and he would like to re­tract it and re­gret­ted hav­ing caused a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

He said he meant that Hitler was a bad leader with bad in­ten­tions.

The Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre, a US-based Jewish hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tion, de­nounced the com­ment as “down­right dan­ger­ous”.

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