Japan's central bank issued a rare apology on Friday over a board member's praise for Adolf Hitler's economic policies.
Yutaka Harada, a member of the board of the Bank of Japan, told a seminar on Thursday Hitler's economic policies had been "appropriate" and "wonderful" but had enabled the Nazi dictator to do "horrible" things to the world.
"The Bank of Japan views with regret the fact that the remarks of one of its Board Members have become a source of misunderstanding, and will see to it that such incident will not repeat itself," the central bank told Reuters on Friday.
Harada, a member of the bank's nine-member board, told the seminar Western policymakers helped bring Hitler to power by being slow to apply John Maynard Keynes' proposals to fight the Great Depression.
Hitler became German chancellor in 1933.