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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Thursday tried to play down the significance of overseas reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared the current tension between China and Japan to that of Britain and Germany right before World War I, saying Abe wasn’t stressing that a war scenario is possible.

Instead Abe just pointed out historical facts and said efforts should be made to prevent a military clash between Japan and China, Suga said.

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