Tuesday, December 7, 2010; 2:01 AM
The outfit was on sale for about 5,000 yen ($60) in at least two Don Quijote outlets in Tokyo, including one in the upscale Ginza shopping district.
Aico, a Japanese party goods maker, has made the costume for seven years and never had a complaint, said spokesman Nobuyoshi Nasuzawa. He said his company uses distributors and so wasn't aware of which retailers sold it.
Don Quijote said it would pull the product after being told of a letter from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish rights organization based in Los Angeles. The letter, dated Monday, requested that sales at the store immediately cease, saying that millions of Jews and other innocents were killed by the Nazis during World War II and that the swastika remains a "symbol of hatred."
"We want to fully respond to this letter from the center and are currently working within the company to do so," said company spokeswoman Kana Kasai in Tokyo.
Kasai said she didn't immediately know how long the product had been on sale or how many had been sold.
The Nazi costume was on display in the store alongside dozens of others, including one that resembled pop star Michael Jackson, as well as nurse and ninja outfits.
An online search showed the costume was being sold by small retailers hosted on the shopping sites such as Amazon Japan, the U.S. company's local unit. An Amazon spokesman in Tokyo was not immediately available for comment.