Monday, December 5, 2016
The prime minister of Japan will visit Pearl Harbor this month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sneak attack on America — the first time a Japanese leader has visited the site, the White House announced.
“President Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 27, 2016. The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review our joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the US-Japan alliance, including our close cooperation on a number of security, economic, and global challenges,” a statement from the White House press secretary announced Monday morning.
“The President will also accompany Prime Minister Abe to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to honor those killed. The two leaders’ visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values,” the announcement added.
The Japanese attack directly led to the US involvement in World War II.
Earlier this year, Obama visited Hiroshima, where the US dropped an atomic bomb, helping lead to the end of the war.