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Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso apologized Tuesday for saying Japan has been unified under a single language and ethnic identity for the past 2,000 years, a comment viewed as ignoring the country’s ethnic minorities including the indigenous Ainu.

“If I made a remark that has caused misunderstanding, I have to take care of my way of speaking and correct what I said,” Aso told a news conference, a day after making the controversial remarks.

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