Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to pearl Harbor on Tuesday, expressing condolences to the thousands killed during the sudden attack of the Japanese 75 years ago.
Abe's visit is 7 months after President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima to pay my respects to the thousands of people who died during the explosion of the atomic bomb. The two leaders used the ceremony to reaffirm the Alliance between the two countries, also directing attention to the President-elect of Donald trump.
As expected, Abe has not apologized for the attack on pearl Harbor, but offered his "heartfelt and eternal condolences" to those killed on 7 December 1941, He said that the Japanese have accepted the "solemn vow" never to wage war. "We must never repeat the horrors of war." In his speech, Obama recalled events in pearl Harbor 75 years ago at the same time paying tribute to the restored relations between Japan and the United States.
"The United States and Japan chose friendship, we have chosen the world. For many decades, our alliances have made the country more successful," Obama said. "Today, the Alliance between the United States and Japan, involves not only common interests, but also rooted in common values, acts as the cornerstone of peace and civility in Asia Pacific, our Alliance has never been stronger." The white house said that the visit of the two leaders "have demonstrated the power of reconciliation", which turned opponents in "closest allies".
Abe and Obama also held their last bilateral meeting on Tuesday. They discussed the issues of security, economic and global issues. A bilateral meeting was one of the final meetings of Obama with a world leader.
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