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Japan's Abe to visit Anne Frank house following vandalism

Published on Mar 20, 2014 7:56 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam this weekend, an official said on Thursday, after a man was arrested for vandalising copies of her diary in Tokyo libraries.

Abe is scheduled to call at her former hideout on Sunday on the sidelines of a nuclear-security summit and a Group of Seven meeting on the crisis in Ukraine, the foreign ministry official said.

"Prime Minister Abe is expected to convey a message about Japan's pledge not to fight a war again but to pursue peace," the official said.

Anne Frank, a German Jew born in Frankfurt in 1929, documented her family's experiences hiding in concealed rooms during the German occupation of the Netherlands where they settled in 1933.

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