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Obama Looking Forward to Visiting Pearl Harbor with Abe

Obama Looking Forward to Visiting Pearl Harbor with Abe

   Washington, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday he looks forward to visiting Pearl Harbor with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in late December.
   "As a testament that even the most bitter of adversaries can become the closest of allies, I look forward to visiting the USS Arizona Memorial later this month along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe," Obama said in a statement to mark the 75th anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
   The U.S. leader referred to Abe's Pearl Harbor visit plan in public for the first time.
   "This historic visit will stand as a tribute to the power of reconciliation and to the truth that the United States and Japan--bound by an alliance unimaginable 75 years ago--will continue to work hand-in-hand for a more peaceful and secure world," the statement also said.
   On Dec. 7, 1941, the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. naval base in Hawaii, leading the United States to declare war with the Asian country during World War II.

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