Ja­pan deputy PM in hot wa­ter over Hitler re­marks

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TOKYO (AFP) — Ja­pan’s gaffe-prone Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Taro Aso on Wed­nes­day re­tracted com­ments in which he cited Adolf Hitler, but in­sisted he did not mean to praise the Nazi leader.

Aso used Hitler — re­spon­si­ble for the death of mil­lions of Jews and oth­ers dur­ing World War II — in a bizarre ref­er­ence about the im­por­tance of leav­ing a legacy in pol­i­tics.

“What is im­por­tant are re­sults,” the vet­eran politi­cian told a meet­ing of his fac­tion of the gov­ern­ing Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party on Tues­day. “Even if the mo­tive is cor­rect, Hitler, who killed mil­lions of peo­ple, was no good.”

On Wed­nes­day Aso, who is also fi­nance min­is­ter, re­tracted the re­mark but said he did not mean to de­fend Hitler’s mo­tives.

“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.

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