G7 finance ministers have met in Japan to discuss the global economy ahead of next week's G7 meeting. Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the biggest problem the world faces is a lack of demand.
After seemingly praising Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Japan's deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, retracted his comments and said they were "inappropriate." Aso has made other Nazi-related gaffes in the past.
G7 leaders are meeting with US President Donald Trump in Italy to press him on issues like terrorism and trade. Trump's stance on climate change has proven to be especially contentious.
The word's third-largest economy has grown by a much stronger rate than expected by analysts, fresh figures from the government have shown. The expansion came on the back of stronger domestic demand.
President Donald Trump's Paris climate pullout looks set to be rebuffed at a meeting of G7 environment chiefs in Italy. Germany, China and California have already signaled initiatives to keep the 2015 accord on track.
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