Japanese prime minister visits Pearl Harbor

Japanese prime minister visits Pearl Harbor

Japanese prime minister visits Pearl Harbor

Abe is not expected to apologize for Japan's 1941 attack, which killed more than 2,000 Americans and temporarily crippled the U.S. Pacific fleet.

When Mr Abe announced this month that he would visit Pearl Harbour, Japan's Foreign Ministry indicated that he would be the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit the site.

After pausing in front of two wreaths made of peace lilies, the leaders exited the room and dropped purple flower petals into the water.

"Without peace reconciliation with China and other victimised countries in Asia, Japan can never leave this part of history behind". "I hope one day it will be possible for there to be an exchange of visits that are just as meaningful between China and Japan or between Japan and South Korea", he said.

Hiromichi Moteki, acting chairman of the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, said Abe's comments had been "appropriate" and that he was "relieved" the prime minister had gone no further.

China criticized Mr. Abe's visit as an insincere attempt to absolve Japan of its wartime aggression. Trump regularly criticized U.S. Around 2,400 USA servicemen were killed in the Japanese raid on the naval base.

Obama and Abe spoke before a small gathering at the memorial, which included some veterans who defended the United States naval base when Japan attacked. The memorial is accessible only by boat.

Although Japanese leaders have visited Pearl Harbor before, Abe is the first to visit the memorial that now rests on the waters above the sunken USS Arizona.

"Essentially, Abe has followed the lead from his address to the US Congress in May of last year and then President Obama's speech in Hiroshima in May this year", said Jun Okumura, a visiting scholar at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs.

While visiting Hiroshima, Obama paid respects to the victims who perished after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the industrial city on August 6, 1945 (followed three days later with another bombing of Nagasaki), but did not apologize for the attack.

The president added, "And perhaps, above all, we must reimagine our connection to one another as members of one human race". I want to express that determination as we look to the future, and at the same time send a message about the value of U.S. He stood for a moment of silence at the cemetery near downtown Honolulu, which is known as Punchbowl.

Among those buried there is former Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, who fought in the war and whose parents were Japanese immigrants.

As many as 2,403 Americans were killed, about 20 USA vessels were sunk or damaged and over 300 USA aircrafts were damaged or destroyed when more than 350 Japanese warplanes launched stealth attacks on December 7, 1941.

The leaders also had a private meeting about U.S. -Japan relations, an alliance they praised during their public remarks.

In later remarks, Abe briefly broke away from his Japanese text to speak in English of the "power of reconciliation" that has been demonstrated in the peace and progress of the alliance forged by the USA and Japan after a brutal war in the Pacific that killed millions.

The state-run tabloid had earlier called the US-Japan relationship a Cold War era product and that stronger ties would not affect China in any way.

Neither Obama nor Abe could speak of the inter-imperialist rivalry that gave rise to the Pacific War and to the atrocities on both sides that resulted.

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