From The Hopeless Romantic via Japan Probe.
According to The Asahi Shimbun:
The slip was made in a segment of the program “Yorosen,” in which young “idol” group members act as school teachers and lecture about history. The program was aired early Friday.
Referring to the Nazi dictator as “Hitler ojisan” (Uncle Hitler), the woman lauded Hitler’s speeches as having a “soothing effect.”
“The program’s content was based on a mistaken interpretation of history and was inappropriate,” the broadcaster said.
TV Tokyo has since apologized; I wonder if it's as half-assed as the one Coreana issued for using a model dressed as a Nazi officer to sell cosmetics last spring.
When we last saw A-train he was on the cover of Hankyoreh 21, paired up with President Lee Myung-bak who gained the ire of Korean citizens for many reasons in 2008, including allowing the import of American beef in spite of concerns about Mad Cow Disease. Videos like the above and some of the things recorded in my "Nazis in Korea" category raise the question of how much people should be held accountable for their ignorance of world history, and how appropriate it is to assume our ethnocentric interpretations of historical figures in places where they don't register in the public consciousness.