Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Seven months after President Barack Obama (left) traveled to Hiroshima to
pay his respects to the thousands who died there, Japan's Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe (right) did the same at Pearl Harbor Tuesday alongside Obama.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Pearl Harbor on December 27, 2016 to pay tribute to those who died in the 1941 surprise Japanese attack that drew America into World War II.
Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama offered flowers at the memorial to the sunken USS Arizona battleship. Later, in a different location, Abe gave a speech, stressing Japan's renunciation of war and the importance of reconciliation between the two countries.
This marks the first time that American and Japanese leaders visit Pearl Harbor together to pay homage to the dead. There is no record of a sitting Japanese prime minister visiting the USS Arizona Memorial since it opened in 1962.


Barack Obama on May 27, 2016 became the first sitting U.S. president to visit
Hiroshima, where he called for a "world without nuclear weapons."

Hiroshima (CNN) -- Barack Obama on May 27, 2016 became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, where he called for a "world without nuclear weapons" during his remarks at the city's Peace Memorial Park.
"Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder the terrible forces unleashed in the not so distant past. We come to mourn the dead ... their souls speak to us and ask us to look inward. To take stock of who we are and what we might become."
In the Hiroshima museum's guest book before his speech, the President wrote that he hoped the world will "find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.‎"

Obama closed his remarks by saying, "The world was forever changed here but today the children of this city will go through their day in peace. What a precious thing that is. It is worth protecting."

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