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A group in Hakodate, Hokkaido, plans to build a monument to Commodore Matthew C. Perry, the U.S. naval officer whose “Black Ships” forced Japan to open up to the world in the mid-19th century, group officials said recently.

The group began planning a monument in December in response to local complaints that there is no monument to Perry, who contributed enormously to the development of the port city, they said.

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