Japan's deputy PM says won't resign over Hitler comments

By REUTERS
August 2, 2013 06:16

 
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Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Friday he has no intention of resigning over comments he made, but were later retracted, that were interpreted as praise for Germany's Nazi regime and Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

The comments by Aso, who is also finance minister and a former premier, drew criticism from a US-based Jewish rights group as well as in media in South Korea, where bitter memories of Japan's World War Two militarism run deep.

The gaffe could complicate foreign policy for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe because there are lingering worries that Abe is shifting Japan to the right by pushing for a bigger role for the military and a less apologetic view of Japan's wartime history.

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