Japan deputy PM in hot water over Hitler remarks
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.