Japan PM ex-adviser praises apartheid in embarrassment for Abe

February 13, 2015 8:11 AM

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Japan PM ex-adviser praises apartheid in embarrassment for Abe

TOKYO (Reuters) - A former adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has praised apartheid as a model for how Japan could expand immigration, prompting the government's top spokesman on Friday to emphasize that Japan's immigration policy was based on equality.

Author Ayako Sono, considered part of Abe's informal brain trust, set off a wave of online fury this week when she wrote in the conservative Sankei newspaper that South Africa's former policies of racial separation had been good for whites, Asians and Africans.

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