Japan's Abe to Make Historic Visit to Pearl Harbor in Late December (News)


Tokyo, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Monday he will visit Hawaii on December 26–27, to remember the victims of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor together with outgoing US President Barack Obama.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō talks on December 5 in Tokyo about his planned visit to Pearl Harbor. (© Jiji)

Abe will be the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial marking the location where the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted an assault on December 7, 1941, heralding the start of war between the two countries, as part of World War II. (Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru visited Pearl Harbor in 1951.)

"I hope to show a resolve toward the future never to repeat the tragedy of war again," Abe told reporters at the prime minister's office.

"It will be a visit to console the souls of the victims," Abe said. "And I also hope to take the opportunity to highlight the value of postwar reconciliation between Japan and the United States."

The Pearl Harbor trip by Abe will follow the first-ever US presidential visit, by Barack Obama in May this year, to Hiroshima, which, along with Nagasaki, was devastated by a US atomic bomb in 1945, leading to the end of the war.

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