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Japan's Abe pays respects at Hawaii memorials a day before Pearl Harbor trip

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 01:04

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stops at several memorials in Hawaii, one day before he is scheduled to visit Pearl Harbor during a trip intended to demonstrate a strong alliance between his country and the United States. Samantha Vadas reports.

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Bowed down in silence, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pays homage at war memorials in Hawaii. The tour of Honolulu on Monday (December 26) a day ahead of his historic visit to Pearl Harbor - the site of the Japanese attack which thrust the U.S. into World War Two. He'll be the first Japanese leader to stop there, but doesn't plan to apologise for the 1941 assault. Rather, sending a message that the pact between former foes Japan and the U.S. is firm. The trip is tagged as a 'bookend' to Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima - where he became the first American President to stop at the target site of the world's first atomic bombing. In a whirlwind tour - ahead of the much-anticipated stop - Abe presented a wreath at the armed forces memorial. He also signed a guestbook before stopping at the grave of former U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye - a decorated World War Two veteran of Japanese descent.

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Japan's Abe pays respects at Hawaii memorials a day before Pearl Harbor trip

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 01:04