Japan’s Shinzo Abe pays respects at Pearl Harbor memorial

Abe traveled to Hawaii to become his country’s first prime minister to commemorate its attack on the US naval base alongside a US president.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Despite offering his condolences for the attack, Abe stopped short of issuing an apology. Photo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and US President Barack Obama (L) bow their heads during a ceremony aboard the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to Hawaii on Tuesday to commemorate the Battle of Pearl Harbor alongside US President Barack Obama.

The Japanese attack on the naval base, which housed the US Pacific Fleet, on December 7, 1941, was the catalyst that led to the American entry into World War II and the retaliatory nuclear attack by the US.

It also led to Japan became a constitutionally pacifist society as well as a strong US ally.

Obama said Abe’s presence at the ceremony "reminds us of what is possible between nations, and between peoples."

TRT World’s Jennifer Glasse brings more from Honolulu.