Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he won't visit Pearl Harbor

  • 8 years ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday rejected the idea of visiting Pearl Harbor to reciprocate U.S. President Barack Obama's historic trip to Hiroshima later this week.
Obama said he would use this trip to honor all those killed in World War II and to push for a world without nuclear weapons, the Associated Press reported.
Abe was reportedly asked to reflect on the significance of the American president's trip to Hiroshima and whether he would in turn visit Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, where a surprise attack by the Japanese military on Dec. 7, 1941, killed more than 2,400 people and led the United States into the war.
Abe did not rule out the possibility entirely but in the face of suggestions of reciprocity, he clearly said: "At this moment I don't have any specific plan to visit Hawaii."