Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may visit Pearl Harbor during a planned trip to the United States this spring, Examiner.com reported, citing Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun.
Abe’s US visit is part of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II.
A visit to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by Abe would be a first for a Japanese prime minister.
The US trip, during which he will meet President Barack Obama, is planned for Japan’s “Golden Week” holiday in late April to early May.
The US was pulled into World War II in the Pacific when Japanese suicide bombers hit Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
Many warships and military facilities were destroyed or damaged and more than 2,000 US sailors were killed. About 60 Japanese troops died in the attack.
Abe appears to want to use a visit to Hawaii to reiterate his anti-war oath, the report said.
It cited Fox News as reporting that Abe says he plans to express remorse on the anniversary of World War II.
He hopes to reassure the world that he doesn’t plan to veer from past official statements dealing with Japan’s wartime responsibility, it said.
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