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JAPANESE WRITER WITHDRAWS HIS BOOK ON HITLER

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A Japanese author has withdrawn a book he wrote praising Adolf Hitler's political strategies while neglecting to mention the Nazi dictator's crimes against Jews.

"Hitler's Election Strategy: A Bible for Sure Victory in Modern Elections" stirred debate just as the former World War II allies were commemorating D-Day, the first offensive that led to Hitler's downfall.Jewish groups around the world objected that author Yoshio Ogai had portrayed Hitler in a favorable light.

Peppered with small cartoons of the Nazi dictator, the book makes no mention of the atrocities against Jews.

Ogai is spokesman for the Tokyo office of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, the conservative party that ruled Japan for 38 years before being ousted last summer by a reformist coalition.

He was out of town and could not be reached, office director Nobuyuki Akiba said Tuesday.

But Akiba confirmed that Ogai had asked the publisher, Chiyoda Nagata Shobo, to withdraw the book from circulation and stop printing it. The initial run of 3,000 copies already had sold out at major Tokyo bookstores.

"He did not mean to say that he supported Hitler, but it was taken that way," Akiba said. "So he decided that if it was going to cause trouble and hurt people's feelings he should withdraw it."

The book did not make a splash when it was first published in early May.

Responding to criticism, Ogai said last week that he was "not neo-Nazi, or an admirer of Hitler. I want people to know his other sides."