HUFFINGTON POST
12/05/2016 06:32 am ET

Shinzo Abe To Become First Japanese Leader To Visit Pearl Harbor

Wednesday marks 75 years since the attack that launched the United States' entry into World War 2.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he would visit Hawaii on Dec. 26 and 27 for his final summit meeting with outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama, and to remember the victims of Japan’s Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago.

Abe will be the first incumbent Japanese Prime Minister to visit Pearl Harbor after Tokyo launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in December 1941.

His visit follows a landmark trip to Hiroshima in May by Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Japanese city devastated by a U.S. nuclear attack in 1945.

“I’ll visit Pearl Harbor with President Obama. This will be a visit to console the souls of the victims,” Abe told reporters.

“I would like to show to the world the resolve that horrors of war should never be repeated.”

The attack on the naval base by Japanese torpedo planes, bombers and fighter planes drew the United States into World War Two when it declared war on Japan, while the U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan to surrender.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Robert Birsel and Clarence Fernandez)

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