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Japan PM Abe to visit Anne Frank house in Amsterdam in gesture to Jews

Published on Mar 23, 2014 8:49 AM
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam on Sunday to highlight Japan's friendship with the Jewish people and sees no contradiction with his recent controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine at home. -- PHOTO: AFP

AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam on Sunday to highlight Japan's friendship with the Jewish people and sees no contradiction with his recent controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine at home.

The Anne Frank House, where the German-born Jewish girl kept a diary of her life in hiding before she was discovered and died in a Nazi concentration camp, is now one of Europe's best-known memorials to the victims of the holocaust, drawing more than a million visitors per year.

Mr Abe's planned visit comes less than three months after his controversial Dec. 26 visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, seen by Japan's Asian neighbours as a symbol of Japan's wartime aggression, as it honours convicted war criminals as well as others who died in battle.

"On this visit (to the Anne Frank House), we would like to reiterate the lasting and profound friendship between Japan and the Jewish people around the world," a foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters.

 
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