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August 2, 2013 7:54 am

Japan Deputy PM Aso Refuses to Resign After Comments About Weimar Constitution Interpreted as Praising Nazis

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Jerusalem Post / Reuters – 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.

“I have no intention of resigning,” Aso told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Friday.

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