When U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits Japan next week, he has no plans to meet with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Aso, apparently due to the deputy prime minister's remark seemingly praising Adolf Hitler last year.

Pence, who will arrive in Japan on Nov. 12 for a two-day visit, will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

But a meeting of the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue between Pence and Aso is not on the itinerary.

Sources close to the U.S. government say the relationship between the two has fallen apart after Aso made the Hitler comment in August last year.

At a gathering of his faction members, Aso said, “I don't question your motives (to be a politician). But the results are important. Hitler, who killed millions of people, was no good, even if his motives were right.”

Although Aso later retracted his comment, Pence made note of the remark, according to sources within the Japanese and U.S. governments.

Scheduled informal talks between the two the following month were called off. They did meet for a second meeting of the bilateral economic dialogue in October.

But no such official talks have been held for about a year despite having “informal” talks.

At home, Aso, who also serves as finance minister, faces mounting calls to resign due in part to the Finance Ministry officials’ falsifications of official documents related to the sale of state property in Osaka Prefecture to school operator Moritomo Gakuen at a huge discount.

A citizens group demanding to get to the bottom of the Finance Ministry scandal and other government scandals submitted petitions with 10,699 signatures calling for Aso’s resignation to the ministry on Nov. 9.

“It is not acceptable that Aso remains in charge of the Finance Ministry, which handles our taxes,” said Satoshi Daigo, professor emeritus of accounting at the University of Tokyo, who staged the signature-collecting campaign.