Japan Prime Minister Abe To Visit Pearl Harbor, A First For A Japanese Leader
In another sign that conventional diplomatic protocol is changing on a daily basis, on Monday Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would visit Hawaii on Dec. 26 and 27 for his final summit meeting with outgoing U. S. President Barack Obama, and to remember the victims of Japan’s Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago.
As Reuters reports, the visit will make Mr Abe the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbour since his country’s surprise attack on the Hawaiian port began the Pacific war 75 years ago.
Following Mr Obama’s visit to the atomic bombing site of Hiroshima earlier this year, it will break down one of the last remaining taboos between the US and Japan, symbolising the reconciliation between former enemies who have become close allies the FT adds.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 5, 2016.