Ex-PM Kan under Fire for Hitler Tweet

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)--Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has come under fire for saying on Twitter that Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) reminds him of Germany's wartime dictator Adolf Hitler.

Referring to former Nippon Ishin leader Toru Hashimoto and others, Kan, who belongs to the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, tweeted on Friday, "Their eloquence reminds me of Hitler when he rose to power in Germany at a time of confusion after World War I."

The Twitter post is "inexcusable," Yasushi Adachi, a House of Representatives lawmaker of Nippon Ishin, said at a Lower House committee meeting on Tuesday. "He would have been called 'out' if this had happened in Germany or the international community," Adachi said.

"Personally, I don't like using Hitler as an example when I say something," Seiji Osaka, acting head of the CDP, told a press conference on the same day.

On Wednesday, Fumitake Fujita, secretary-general of Nippon Ishin, visited the CDP headquarters and submitted a written protest over the tweet by Kan.

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