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In an unusual move, health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki and defense minister Gen Nakatani plan to attend a joint Japan-U.S. war memorial service March 21 on Iwo Jima, a barren island south of Tokyo that was the scene of a fierce battle in final stages of World War II.

In a meeting of Diet members about collecting the remains of war dead, government officials explained Tuesday they are currently in the process of arranging for the two ministers’ to attend the service, which marks the 70th anniversary since the close of the war.

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