Ex-advisor to Japan PM praises Apartheid

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Shizuo Kambayashi, AFP)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Shizuo Kambayashi, AFP)

Tokyo - 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 spokesperson on Friday to emphasise 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.

Her comments could complicate Abe's efforts to address a deepening labour shortage and his efforts to burnish the country's image abroad, analysts say.

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