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U.S. State Department urges Japan to resolve historical matters through talks

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The United States has reiterated that Japan should work with its neighbors to resolve concerns over history in an amicable way through dialogue. The comments by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Friday to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo that honors Japan′s war dead and more than a dozen Class-A war criminals. Korea and China expressed their disappointment with Abe′s action, but analysts say it should mean the Japanese leader won′t physically visit the Yasukuni Shrine this year. Abe appears eager to try and rebuild ties with Seoul and Beijing as he wants to hold face-to-face meetings with President Park Geun-hye and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of next month′s APEC Summit in Beijing.