Japanese PM Shinzo Abe vows to “never repeat horrors of war” during historic visit
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has joined US President Barack Obama for a symbolic joint visit to Pearl Harbor, commemorating World War II dead and pledging that Japan will never wage war again.
The visit, just weeks before Republican President-elect Donald Trump takes office, was meant to highlight the strength of the US-Japan alliance in the face of a rising China and amid concerns that Mr Trump would have a more complicated relationship with Tokyo.
Mr Abe and Mr Obama commemorated the dead at the USS Arizona Memorial, built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, making Mr Abe the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial, a centrepiece of the historic site.
“I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here, as well as to the spirits of all the brave men and women whose lives were taken by a war that commenced in this very place,” Mr Abe said.
Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor with torpedo planes, bombers and fighter planes on the morning of December 7, 1941, pounding the US fleet moored there in the hope of destroying US power in the Pacific.
Mr Abe did not apologise for the attack.
Mr Obama, who earlier this year became the first incumbent US president to visit Hiroshima, where the United States dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, called Mr Abe’s visit a “historic gesture” that was “a reminder that even the deepest wounds of war can give way to friendship and a lasting peace.”
abe doing his best grovelling..but did not apologise..
thats a bit like abstaining instead of voting..