Pearl Harbour, December 28: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited Pearl Harbour and paid homage to the victims of World War II. On this occasion, Abe also pledged that Japan would never wage any war again. Both Obama and Abe stood solemnly in front of a wall inscribed with the names of those who died in the 1941 attack and took part in a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a moment's silence.
Like to tell you that, "In Remembrance, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan" was written on one wreath and "In Remembrance, Barack Obama, President of the United States" on the other. They then threw flower petals into the water. After their remarks, both leaders greeted U.S. veterans who survived the attack.
Shinzo Abe and Barack Obama commemorated the dead at the USS Arizona Memorial, built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona. Japan PM Abe on this occasion said, "We must never repeat the horrors of war." He also expressed thanks for the "tolerance extended to Japan" as he hailed the power of reconciliation.
Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial, a centre piece of the historic site. But Abe did not apologise for the attack. The Japanese leader's visit to Pearl Harbour comes months after Obama became the first incumbent US president to visit Hiroshima, where the United States dropped an atomic bomb in 1945.
Notably, Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbour with torpedo planes, bombers and fighter planes on the morning of 7 Dec, 1941, pounding the US fleet moored there in the hope of destroying US power in the Pacific.