Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers condolences to Pearl Harbor victims

PEARL HARBOR: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, bombed by Japan, 75 years ago, where he offered “sincere and everlasting condolences” to the victims of the attack.

“We must never repeat the horrors of war again, this is the solemn vow the people of Japan have taken,” he said.

Mr Abe was accompanied by US President Barack Obama, making the visit the first by the leaders of both countries.

Japan devastated much of the base, killing more than 2,400 Americans.

Mr Abe’s tribute was in regard to offer his respects to the men who lost their lives in 1941 at the naval base, many of whom remain entombed in the wreckage of the USS Arizona, sunk by the Japanese that day, and vowed reconciliation and peace.

“To the souls of the US servicemen who lie aboard the USS Arizona, to the American people, and all people around the world, I pledge that unwavering vow,” he said.

The Japanese prime minister went on to praise the US for its efforts to mend relations with Japan following the war between the two countries, which ended shortly after the US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945.

And he called the renewed alliance between the countries an “alliance of hope”.

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