Simon Wiesenthal Center Remains Deeply Concerned by Senior Bank of Japan Official’s Statement Praising Hitler’s Economic Policies

Japan’s Elite Need to be educated about the Nazi Holocaust

June 30, 2017

“Once again we are witness to a member of the Japanese elite invoking praise for Hitler and Nazi policies - this time from a Central Banker official. An outrage,” said rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.

“While we note his apology, Yutaka Harada, a member of the board of the Bank of Japan praised Hitler's economic policies as "appropriate" and "wonderful".

“Really? Did this economic 'expert' factor in the billions in assets that Hitler built his policies on systematic theft and terror that included stripping of billions of assets from German and Austrian Jews in the 1930s prior to WWII? Or the terror he threatened to unleash on any German who dared oppose his policies?

“This is not the first time that members of Japan’s elite publicly expressed their admiration for some elements of Hitler and Nazi Germany. Each of these incidents creates deep unease among Japan’s neighbors and friends.

“Beyond apologies, it is clear that it is not only high school students, but leaders of 21st Century Japan who should be learning about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

“The Wiesenthal Center calls on the Bank of Japan to present our Japanese language exhibition on the Holocaust, “Courage to Remember” to its entire staff,” Rabbi Cooper concluded.

Rabbi Cooper is a frequent visitor to Japan since 1985 and regularly meets with political, social and educational leaders.

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