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Japan’s Tourism Minister Akihiro Ota (centre) joins hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Jinzao (right) and South Korean counterpart Kim Jong-Deok (left) after two days of meetings in Tokyo on April 12, 2015. — PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan, China and South Korea briefly put aside territorial and historical disputes Sunday for rare trilateral talks announcing a bid to boost tourism numbers in the three countries to 30 million visitors in five years.

Japanese tourism minister Akihiro Ota met with counterparts Li Jinzao of the China National Tourism Administration and Kim Jong Deok of South Korea in Tokyo, Jiji Press and Kyodo News said.

The meeting – the first by tourism ministers of the three countries in four years, according to Jiji – came ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and Japan’s 2020 Summer Olympics.

The three ministers agreed to set a goal of raising…

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