Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the U.S. naval at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Japan's attack on the base in 1941 led to the USA joining World War II. Mr Abe did not apologize for the . He said: "The of the USA and the people around the , as the Prime Minister of Japan, I offer my and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their here." Mr Abe also said: "We must never repeat the of war again. This is the serious the people of Japan have taken." President Obama welcomed Mr Abe, "in the spirit of ".
A total of 353 Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 US . The attack also damaged or destroyed 19 US warships. Mr Abe is the Japanese leader for to visit Pearl Harbor and the first to visit a special there. He spoke about the US role in rebuilding Japan after WWII. He said after the war, "Japan was a in burnt-out as far as the eye could see, suffering miserable " and the USA sent food to eat and to wear. He added that the friendship between the USA and Japan was an "alliance of ".