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Japan has rebuffed a protest from South Korea against descriptions in new Japanese high school textbooks of thorny bilateral issues related to territory and history, the top government spokesman said Wednesday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the protest, made Tuesday when South Korea’s Foreign Ministry summoned Naoki Kumagai, deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in South Korea, is “unacceptable.” South Korea has claimed that the textbooks “distort historical facts.”

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