Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor – the site that his country attacked 75 years ago – later this month with US President Barack Obama.
No serving Japanese prime minister has ever visited the US Naval base in Hawaii that was attacked by Japan in 1941, propelling the United States into World War II.
“This will be a visit to console the souls of the victims,” Mr Abe told reporters.
“We must never repeat the tragedy of the war. I would like to send this commitment.
“At the same time, I would like to send a message of reconciliation between Japan and the US.”
Mr Abe said he would pray for the war dead at Pearl Harbor during his visit on 26 and 27 December. He and Mr Obama will also hold their last summit meeting before Mr Obama’s presidency ends…see more