Japan's prime minister is to make history by visiting Pearl Harbor along with President Obama on 26/27 of December this year. It will be the first-ever visit by a Japanese leader in active service who has ever visited Pearl Harbor. The visit symbolizes the changing world geopolitical outlook and a far cry from the days when the Imperial Navy and the US battled it out in the Pacific.

Perceptions of the attack

December 07 is a red-letter day in the history of World war II. This year it will be the 75th anniversary of a massive attack by the Imperial Navy on the US Navy installations at Pearl Harbor. Even now the Japanese are not apologetic about the attack, and the men who died in the attack are revered as heroes.

The Japanese view is still to blame the USA stating that the attack was provoked by an American embargo on oil that had crippled the Japanese empire.

Importance of visit

The visit of the Japanese PM never the less is an event of great importance. It means that the hatchet is buried forever. This visit comes after President Obam trod fresh ground by visiting Hiroshima, the target of the first Atomic bomb attack. Nearly a 100,000 died in the attack compared to about 2000 deaths during the Pearl Harbor attack. The US veterans have hailed the visit and feel that old times are over as US and Japan are allies.

The US veterans have hailed the visit and feel that old times are over as US and Japan is an ally. They feel that it is not necessary for Abe to apologize for the attack.

Abe will visit Pearl Harbor, but it is only after Obama had visited Hiroshima.

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