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Japan political party seeks apology over ex-PM Kan's 'Hitler' tweet

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now now children, let's not squabble

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No liking that comment too, but

Such comments would not be allowed under international law.

There's no international law for that!

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"Such comments would not be allowed under international law. What sense of human rights does he have?" Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura, who is deputy chief of the JIP, said to reporters.

In the interests of consistency, now do the same and demand apologies for similar statements from Taro Aso and the too numerous boneheaded pronouncements of LDP bigwigs.

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Hitler would have been offended if he knew someone like Toru Hashimoto was likened to him.

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It seems some politicians should only open their mouths to change feet.

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 Naoto Kan, likened the JIP's founder to Adolf Hitler in a Twitter post.

Didn't Toru a few years ago anger the US by saying that Comfort women were a necessary evil in time of war?

Personally I agree with Kan. Hashimoto is a racist fascist and should be compared to Hitler.

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Such comments would not be allowed under international law.

Wut? This doofus hasn't heard of Godwin's law it seems.

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Help me out here. Can you say The Japan Innovation Party - seriously without laughing?

Try it. I laugh every time.

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Ichiro Matsui

That’s a fake name.

I wonder if he knows Darvish Otani?

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In the interests of consistency, now do the same and demand apologies for similar statements from Taro Aso and the too numerous boneheaded pronouncements of LDP bigwigs.

Sanae Takaichi, the current Japanese Government Policy Chief, famously wrote the forward to the book Hitler's Election Strategy and was photographed with the then head of the Japan National Socialist Party. She's a close ally of Shinzo Abe.

https://biz-journal.jp/2021/09/post_249845.html

Hell will freeze over before we hear these JIP (!) people criticising the likes of Takaichi and, by implication, Abe.

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Doesn't like being compared to a the ultimate ultranationalist politician while being one. Smh.

Comparing anyone to Hitler in our day and age shows, imo, a lack of creativity. But still, it's funny when these far-right buffoons are called far-right, they pretend to take it as an insult.

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Wow former prime minister Kan seems like a good leader. Much respect sir.

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What's news? The LDP leadership are descendants of war criminals.

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And why was this isuue pick up specially in this news sigt. I am afraid that Hashimonot knows very well how to spread the isuues favorable to him.

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This issue is not a big deal. there are more urgent problem facing us.

It just considers to pressure and damgae other party's reputation for coming a big upper house election.

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Wow, this is like watching two elementary school kids having a debate. No awareness of the tactless use of a Hitler analogy on the one hand, and no knowledge of international law on the other. Yet one was a former prime minister, and the other a prefectural governor. Couple of dimwits.

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Probably learnt it off the left in the west where everyone you don’t like is a nazi!

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First, Godwin's Law

Second, there's no such international law.

Result: Epic fail

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Privately I bet that they're pretty chuffed at the comparison.

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Yes bet he and his party are seig seig seig to that comparison.

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Yes but unfortunately more atrocities were conducted during the showa era than during the Hitler era and Japan has yet to apologize appropriately.

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Toru Hashimoto's "knack for eloquent speech" reminded him "of Hitler when he took power of a chaotic Germany after World War I."

I think Adolph Hitler's speeches, while excessively forceful and overly dramatic, were not exactly lacking in eloquence. The issue with Toru Hashimoto is content, not eloquence.

He is a former prime minister and still holds a position of responsibility in the party. His remarks are taken seriously."

Well if Taro Aso can get away with it.....

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the neo-nazi's here in Japan would find this deeply offensive... and theres alot of them in this country - i still remember the Nazi-themed bars...

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JohansawadaToday  06:26 pm JST

the neo-nazi's here in Japan would find this deeply offensive... and theres alot of them in this country - i still remember the Nazi-themed bars...

They aren't really Nazis or Neo-Nazis. In the Far East the whole Nazi thing is treated entirely differently than in Western countries. More like Cosplay.

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Tom DoleyToday  10:32 am JST

What's news? The LDP leadership are descendants of war criminals.

And who would that be?

Because Nobusuke KIshi was never charged, tried or convicted as a War Criminal.

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Mr Hashimoto’s tweets in reply to the moron Kan were very well done.

Not sure what they are talking about in terms of saying this is no good internationally, but at the very least it is common sense to not compare people to Hitler, who was responsible for some of the worst atrocities known to human history. Says a lot about the CDPJ that their ranks make such comments so lightly. And no wonder that Ishin is whipping them in politics recently.

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So Corona doesn’t have at all an influence on everyone’s Pavlov reflexes. Good.

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Japan version neo-Nazism party "Ishin" angered because ex-PM pointed out truth about them.

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OssanAmericaJan. 25  07:34 pm JST

And who would that be?

Because Nobusuke KIshi was never charged, tried or convicted as a War Criminal.

That doesn't mean he didn't commit war crimes. Otherwise you could inarguably claim that Truman wasn't a war criminal for dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because he was never charged, tried, or convicted.

On the same topic of war crimes and Kishi, the only reason they let Kishi go was politics, same reason they gave amnesty to the Unit 731 members. MacArthur rehabilitated the right-wing because he wanted postwar Japan to be a bulwark against communism in Asia.

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OssanAmericaJan. 25  07:34 pm JST

Because Nobusuke KIshi was never charged, tried or convicted as a War Criminal.

Neither were Hitler or Stalin. Your point?

fxgaiJan. 25  07:59 pm JST

Says a lot about the CDPJ that their ranks make such comments so lightly. And no wonder that Ishin is whipping them in politics recently.

Hm. Still coming across like you've got some Ishin connection. Anyway - I'm not sure that they are "whipping" anyone, to be honest. The LDP have still got their Diet majority and Ishin, like the other opposition parties, seem to be fading away into irelevance if they're only getting in the news because of silly spats like this.

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