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August 1, 2013 8:44 am

Japanese Deputy PM Backs Off Nazi Comments

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BBC – Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has retracted remarks suggesting that the country could learn from Nazi Germany’s constitutional reform.

Mr Aso said on Monday Japan could “learn the technique” Nazi Germany used to change the Weimar constitution.

The remarks come amid debate in Japan over its pacifist constitution, which restricts the military to a self-defence role.

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