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In August 1988, the Japanese ambassador to China urged Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita not to visit the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, months before his trip to the country, declassified diplomatic records showed Wednesday.

On March 1, 1988, Ambassador Toshijiro Nakajima briefed Takeshita for some 20 minutes about the situation in China and the two countries’ relationship, according to the records.

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