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Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan has come under fire for saying on Twitter that Nippon Ishin no Kai 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.”

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