Japanese PM in Hawaii ahead of rare visit to Pearl HarbourComments
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Hawaii ahead of a visit to Pearl Harbor later today alongside President Barack Obama.
His trip comes some 75-years after Japan’s surprise attack on the naval base which thrust the US into the Second World War.
Abe’s visit is seen as highlighting the decades of reconciliation between the two countries.
It follows Obama’s journey to the city of Hiroshima last May, the site where the US dropped the world’s first atom bomb.
According to officials the purpose of Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbour is not to apologise, but instead to pay homage to those who lost their lives. It is also aimed at encouraging historical reflection, just as Obama did in Hiroshima.