Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbour, the place where Japanese forces attacked on December 7, 1941 that began the Second World War in the Pacific. Near about 2,400 US armed forces members and civilians lost their lives in this massacre. It is going to be a historic visit of Shinzo with US president Barack Obama.
A news reported that Shinzo and Obama would visit Pearl Harbour together to ” console the souls of the victims”. Shinzo said, “I would like to show to the world the resolve that horrors of war should never be repeated.” He also added that we had taken the decision to visit the site together during a meeting on the sidelines of last month’s Apec summit in Lima, Peru.
The meeting has confirmed by the White House, saying this historic Japanese-American visit would “showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values.”
Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbour will be deeply symbolic! Experts say this visit is actually a message Abe wants to send both to regional rival China and to US President-elect Donald Trump, who has criticized Tokyo as a free-rider on defence.
Previously this year in May, Obama visited Hiroshima, the place where US dropped nuclear weapons on 6 August 1945 during the Second World War. The bombing killed atleast 140,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history. Obama met survivors of the attack and visited the city’s peace museum. Obama’s words remained “etched into Japanese hearts”.
Abe praised Obama’s Hiroshima visit and said that he intended to use their meeting “to send a message to the world that we will further strengthen and maintain our alliance towards the future”. And further added, at the same time that, “I want to use my Pearl Harbour visit as an opportunity to signal the value of Japan-US friendly tie-ups.”
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