JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER WILL VISIT PEARL HARBOR
İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he will visit the American naval base with President Obama on 26-27 December. Abe’s visit will be one of a series of efforts by Japan to come to terms with its wartime history, without engaging in direct apologies. Also, it will be a response to Obama’s kind visit to Hiroshima where USA forces dropped a nuclear bomb 76 years ago. As a nationalist Abe has outspoken about Japan’s need to move beyond its history and play a greater role in its own defence. Abe said “We must never repeat the horror of war”. He added “I want to express that determination as we look to the future and at the same time send a message about the value of U.S.-Japanese reconciliation.” Shinzo Abe gives too much importance to US-Japan relations as he mentioned the significance of US participation to Trans-Pacific Partnership and became the first foreign leader who visited president-elect Donald Trump. Abe will be the first Japanese leader who visit Pearl Harbour.
Pearl Harbour attack had been conducted on 7 December 1941, near Hawaii, killed more than 2.000 Americans and sank a number of United States warships, including the battleship Arizona.
Emperor of that term Hirohito died in 1990 and a book has been published which is conducted by his interviews and notes. According to the book, Hirohito asserted that if he had tried to stop the attack on Pearl Harbour, “it would have led to a coup d’état” in which he likely would have been assassinated. His decisions are still debated.