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U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will attend the Sept. 8 ceremony in San Francisco commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace with Japan, the State Department said Friday.

Having traveled to Tokyo in July and ahead of President George W. Bush’s visit to Japan scheduled for October, Powell is looking forward to celebrating the bilateral alliance, economic partnership and the cultural and other exchanges between the two nations, the department said in a press release.

In 1951, delegations from 48 nations gathered in San Francisco to sign a peace treaty that would officially end the hostilities of World War II. The treaty is commonly known as the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

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