Japanese official retracts remark about Hitler's intentions

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso leave after an official photo session with Abe's new Cabinet at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Aug 3, 2017. (AP file photo)

TOKYO -- Japan's deputy prime minister on Wednesday retracted a comment made a day earlier that seemed to suggest that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had good intentions.

Taro Aso was speaking at a seminar for his faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday when he said: “I don't question a politician's motives; it is delivering results that matter. Hitler, who killed millions of people, was no good, even if his intentions had been good.”

Mr Aso said that remark was “inappropriate” and he would like to retract it and regretted having caused a misunderstanding. He said he meant that Hitler was a bad leader with bad intentions.

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