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A copy of an eighth century compilation of records from Shimane Prefecture dates back to the mid-17th century and is considered to be one of the oldest of its kind, museum officials said Tuesday.

The copy of “Izumo no kuni fudoki” was purchased at an antiquarian bookshop in Tokyo in spring 2000. Izumo is the ancient name for an area that lies in Shimane Prefecture. The copy will be exhibited at the Shimane Prefectural Museum in Matsue beginning Jan. 8.

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