Japanese PM to Visit Anne Frank House Following Vandalism

More than 300 books were vandalized at Tokyo libraries. Police made an arrest in the case last week.

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Japanese officials say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam this weekend to express regret over the recent vandalism at Tokyo libraries of hundreds of books related to the young Holocaust victim.

Government officials say Abe will visit the famous landmark Sunday, a day before he attends the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague. They say he wants to show Japan's commitment to peace based on a firm understanding of history.

More than 300 Frank-related books, including "The Diary of a Young Girl," were found vandalized recently at Tokyo libraries. Police last week arrested a man in the case.

Frank wrote her diary while her family hid from the Nazis during World War II. She died in a concentration camp in 1945, at age 15.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls on Russia to return a group of islands, called Northern Territories by Tokyo and Southern Kuriles by Moscow, at a rally in Tokyo, February 7, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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