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The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to build a public archive next year to document the hardships of wounded Japanese war veterans and their relatives, ministry officials said Friday.

The project is part of commemorations to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. The ministry will seek 600 million yen for the project in the fiscal 2005 budget.

The ministry has been soliciting personal experiences written by sick and wounded Japanese veterans since fiscal 1999.

The ministry will also ask for cooperation from the Japanese Disabled Veterans Association in gathering photos and other materials.

They will be put on public display at the archive, which it aims to build by fall next year. The site has yet to be picked.

The government opened the National Showa Memorial Museum in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward in 1999 in memory of Japanese war dead in a project launched on the 50th anniversary of the war.

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