"Japanese minister Taro Aso praises Hitler, saying he had 'right motives'"
"Japan’s finance minister, Taro Aso, has courted fresh controversy after expressing
admiration for the Nazis, describing Adolf Hitler as “having the right motives”. "
"It is not the first time the gaffe-prone Aso has made controversial remarks about the Nazis.
In 2013, he came under pressure to resign after suggesting that Japan should follow
the Nazis’ example when considering how to change its constitution."
"Earlier this week, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre said it had called for an investigation
into Katsuya Takasu, a well-known plastic surgeon and TV celebrity, who highlighted
the Nazis’ contribution to science and medicine, and appeared to deny the Holocaust."
"After saying he had learned “how great Nazism was” while studying at Kiel University in
Germany, Takasu wrote: “There is no doubt that the Jews were persecuted. But we only
know it from hearsay and all of it is based on information from the Allies.”
"In June, Yutaka Harada, a member of the board of Japan’s central bank praised Hitler’s "wonderful"
fiscal and monetary policies, but said they had enabled him to go on and do “horrible” things."
Many, if not most, Japanese have been far from honest and self-critical in examining Japan's
recent history of war crimes in Asia. And most Westerners don't object to Japan's usual
historical amnesia (or routine lying) about its record when the victims are not Westerners.
Westerners tend to object more to the Japanese *praising the Nazis* than to the Japanese
*committing Nazi-like war crimes* against non-Westerners (particularly the Chinese).
Few Westerners seem to disapprove of Japan's biological and chemical warfare in China.
During 1932-45, Japanese scientists and doctors conducted barbarous experiments (which
were as terrible as done by the Nazis) upon many living Chinese. (About the only US media
attention to this subject is whether or not any American or other Western POWS were victims.)
After the war, the USA pardoned these Japanese scientists and doctors (who never were
prosecuted for war crimes) and paid many of them to develop biological weapons for the USA.
(These US biological weapons may have been tested against North Korea and China in the Korean War.)
Many, if not most, of these Japanese scientists and doctors rose to high positions in Japan's
scientific, medical, or academic establishments. While there were some Westerners who
shunned German scientists or doctors with Nazi pasts, I don't know of any Westerner who
likewise shunned any Japanese scientist or doctor who had committed war crimes
against only non-Westerners.