18 October 2018 - 9 Heshvan 5779 - ט' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister praises Hitler E-mail

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso spoke during a recent Liberal-Democratic party convention in a way that seemed to praise Adolf Hitler’s policies.

“I am not doubting a politician’s motives,” Aso said. “I don’t question your motives (to be a politician). But the results are important. Hitler, who killed millions of people, was no good, even if his motives were right.”

Aso’s statement ignited the fury of Jewish organisations around the world. The Simon Wiesenthal Center in the US harshly condemned Aso, saying his words were “dangerous”.

The Center’s Rabbi Abraham Cooper said: “This is just the latest of a troubling list of ‘misstatements’ and are downright dangerous... When will the Japanese elite realise they have a Nazi problem?” Other Jewish organisations also protested.

As a result, Aso released a statement explaining his intentions and claiming he did not intend to justify Hitler’s murderous policies.

“It is clear from my overall remarks that I regard Hitler in extremely negative terms, and it’s clear that his motives were also wrong,” he said. “It was inappropriate that I cited Hitler as an example and I would like to retract that.”

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