Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a symbolic visit to Pearl Harbor with President Barack Obama, yesterday. It was a return-visit to Obama as he visited Hiroshima. In his visit Abe said "I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here, as well as to the spirits of all the brave men and women whose lives were taken by a war that commenced in this very place". Also, he promised that Japanese nation would never repeat the horrors of war again.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor was to console the souls of the war dead, it was not an apology. He added the visit had showed that two states would contribute to world peace and prosperity.
As Japan Kyodo News Agency reported, during the visit Abe and Obama agreed to monitor China’s aircraft carrier, recently started drilling in West Pacific, carefully.
This visit is also important as it shows two states have close relations, before President-elect Donald Trump takes the office on 20 January. Japan hopes to present a strong alliance with USA, regarding concerns about China's expanding military capability.
Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor with torpedo planes, bombers and fighter planes on the 7 December 1941, near Hawaii. 2,483 US and 68 civilian died in the attack.