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PM Abe won't apologize at Pearl Harbor visit


12-06-2016 15:17 BJT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will visit Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama at the end of this month.

Abe will pray for those who died at Pearl Harbor during the war, but without an apology. It will be the last meeting between the two leaders before Obama steps down as president.

“This is a visit to commemorate the dead. We should never repeat the atrocity of the war. I would like to express this commitment to the future. At the same time, I would also like to use this visit as an opportunity for reconciliation between the U.S. and Japan,” said Abe.

Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, propelling the U.S. into World War II. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the visit's aim is to commemorate those who died during the war. An apology for the attack is not expected.

Earlier this year, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the memorial to victims of the nuclear bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Obama did not apologize, to the disappointment of his Japanese host.

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