After facing criticism both at home and abroad, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso on Thursday retracted his remark suggesting Japan should learn from the Nazis when it comes to revising the Constitution, saying it has led to a "misunderstanding."

"It's very regrettable that my remark on the Nazi administration caused misunderstanding," Aso told reporters.

He said it was inappropriate to cite the Nazis' techniques as an example and that he was retracting the remark.