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Japan PM hails 'lessons of history' on Anne Frank visit

Published on Mar 24, 2014 12:21 AM
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam on March 23, 2014. Mr Abe was visiting 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: REUTERS

AMSTERDAM (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam on Sunday, hailing the lessons of history ahead of his first meeting with South Korean President Park Geun Hye.

"We would like to face historical facts in a humble manner and we would like also to pass on the lessons and facts of history to the next generation," Mr Abe said during the visit to the Jewish girl's former hideout.

"By doing so I wish to encourage peace in the entire international community," he told journalists, stood in front of photographs of Anne Frank.

Mr Abe is in The Netherlands for a Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) and a Group of Seven meeting on the crisis in Ukraine, as well as a much-anticipated mini-summit with South Korea's Park, hosted by US President Barack Obama after the NSS.

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