Japan finance minister under fire for Nazi comment

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso is surrounded by reporters at the ministry in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

Since revisions of the constitution may raise protests, “doing it quietly, just as in one day the Weimar constitution changed to the Nazi constitution, without anyone realizing it, why don’t we learn from that sort of tactic?” Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “in no way looks positively at the Nazi regime. Since the end of the war (World War II), our nation has consistently built up a society which thoroughly advocates peace and human rights.” “This direction remains unchanged, going forward,” he added. Aso often speaks in a meandering style that has gotten him in trouble for off-the-cuff remarks in the past. He has apologized previously for accusing the elderly of being a burden on society, joking about people with Alzheimer’s disease, saying the ideal country would be one that attracts “the richest Jewish people,” and comparing the opposition Democratic Party of Japan to the Nazis. On Thursday, Aso insisted that he was referring to the Nazis “as a bad example of a constitutional revision that was made without national understanding or discussion.” “If you listen to the context, it is clear that I have a negative view of how the Weimar constitution got changed by the Nazi regime,” he said.

Premier car cos bet high on finance offers to push sales

Nearly 95% of our customers opt for finance scheme”, he said. We offer our customers facility to pay interest amount every month, while principle amount is to be paid by them at the year-end. Now, it is up to the customers to go for pre-determined tenure for payment of principle amount. Under this scheme, we are offering repayment tenure of 84 months, against the normal tenure of 36 months in normal finance cases, which allows a customer to pay merely Rs 999 per day, added Anand.


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