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Experts from Japan and China began discussions Saturday on the two countries’ relationship at the opening of a two-day conference in Hiroshima.

In the 15th conference of its kind, the 15 Japanese and Chinese experts of a committee hosting the conference discussed Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visit in August to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo and the Japanese history textbook issue, both of which sparked protests from neighboring countries.

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