The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe expressed U.S. condolences for the death of more than 75 years ago, American servicemen as a result of the Japanese bombing of pearl Harbor — the main base of the U.S. Pacific fleet. US President Barack Obama called Abe’s visit to pearl Harbor historic and said that it shows «the power of reconciliation», writes NEWSru.com.
In pearl Harbor the head of the United States and Japan laid wreaths at the memorial to the battleship Arizona (USS Arizona), the U.S. Navy, sunk in December 1941 with the attack of Japanese air force.
Abe then urged not to repeat the horrors of war.
«We, the people of Japan will continue to adhere to this inviolable principle and at the same time will be proud of the way you chose and that followed by 75 years as a peace-loving nation, said the Japanese leader. — I Express my sincere and endless condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here, all the brave women and men killed during the war that began on this very spot, as well as the countless innocent victims of this war.» (Quoted by TASS.)
He became the first head of the Japanese government, visited the memorial to the battleship Arizona and honor the memory of victims of the bombing together with the US President.
Obama, speaking along with Shinzo Abe, said: «This is a historic gesture, he talks about the power of reconciliation, of Union between the American and Japanese people, reminds us that even the deepest wounds of war can give way to friendship and a long peace». (Quoted by RIA «Novosti».)
Previously, Abe held a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the basis of the Corps United States marine corps, camp Smith.
Monday, December 26, the Prime Minister laid wreaths at the foot of several memorials, including a monument to servicemen of the United States on the Pacific the National memorial cemetery and the memorial to the Japanese who arrived in Hawaii in the early nineteenth century.
In may of this year, Obama paid a visit to Hiroshima, becoming the first US President to visit the city that suffered U.S. atomic bombing in 1945. Apology for nuclear strikes, however, he did not bring. Initially, it was clear that the American side does not intend to apologize for the events of the end of world war II, this position is clearly voiced by the White house. The government of Japan before Abe’s visit to pearl Harbor indicated that he would apologize too.
The United squadron of the Navy of Japan on 7 December 1941, secretly approached the Hawaiian Islands and its carrier-based aircraft struck a crushing blow at pearl Harbor. The attack was destroyed or damaged 20 ships and nearly 190 U.S. aircraft killed about 2.4 thousand Americans. Japanese forces lost 29 aircraft and 5 small submarines. The next day the US declared war on Japan and thus entered world war II. The bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the American bombers was the only instance of the military use of atomic bombs in history.
Currently, Japan — the main US ally in Southeast Asia.
Prime Minister of Japan at the meeting Obama expressed his condolences in connection with the bombing of pearl Harbor more than 75 years ago 28.12.2016