Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined U.S. President Barack Obama for a symbolic joint visit to
The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who monitored the event on news network, reports that Abe, while delivering a solemn speech offered ‘everlasting condolences’ to the U.S. and the entire world over victims of Pearl Harbour attack and the World War II.
NAN also reports that Obama pointed out that “there’s more to be won in peace than in war”.
Abe and Obama commemorated the dead at the USS Arizona Memorial, built over the remains of the sunken battleship, according to Reuters.
NAN also reports that Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial, a centrepiece of the historic site.
“We must never repeat the horrors of war again. This is the solemn vow we, the people of Japan, have taken.
“To the souls of the servicemen who lie in eternal rest aboard the USS Arizona, to the American people, and to all the peoplesaround the world, I pledge that unwavering vow here as the prime minister of Japan,” he said.
Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbour with torpedo planes, bombers and fighter planes on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, pounding the U.S. fleet moored there in the hope of destroying U.S. power in the Pacific.
Abe did not, however, apologise for the attack.
Obama, who earlier this year became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, called Abe’s visit a “historic gesture” that was “a reminder that even the deepest wounds of war can give way to friendship and a lasting peace”.
“In Remembrance, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan” was written on one wreath and “In Remembrance, Barack Obama, President of the United States” on the other.
The visit, just weeks before Republican President-elect Donald Trump takes office, was meant to highlight the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance in the face of a rising China and amid concerns that Trump would have a more complicated relationship with Tokyo.
NAN reports that the World War II, which raged from 1939 to 1945, killed more than 60 million people.
NAN also reports that aftermath of the war led to the formation of the United Nations “to save succeedinggenerations from the scourge of war”, among others.