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China upset by Japan's bid to register kamikaze pilot letters with UNESCO

Published on Feb 10, 2014 5:38 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China condemned on Monday plans by a Japanese city to ask the UN world heritage organisation to register letters by World War Two kamikaze suicide pilots alongside documents that include the diaries of Anne Frank and the Magna Carta.

The southern Japanese city of Minami Kyushu had last week asked UNESCO to register the wills and farewell letters of the pilots who had carried out attacks on allied ships to highlight the importance of world peace.

The city hosted an airfield from which hundreds of pilots launched suicide missions in 1945, the final year of the war.

China's Foreign Ministry, however, said kamikaze pilots deserved no such recognition.

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