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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has [visited / visiting] the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Japan's surprise attack on the [basis / base] on December 7, 1941 led to the United States [joined / joining] World War II. Mr Abe did not [apologize / apologies] for the attack but did offer [him / his] condolences. He said: "President Obama, the people of the United States of America and the people [around / abound] the world, as the Prime Minister of Japan, I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the [soles / souls] of those who lost their lives here." Mr Abe also [paid / paying] tribute to those who died in the attack. He said: "We must never repeat the [horrors / horrific] of war again. This is the solemn [vow / wow] the people of Japan have taken." President Obama welcomed Mr Abe, "in the spirit of friendship".

A [totally / total] of 353 Japanese aircraft attacked the US base at Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 US [personal / personnel] . The 75-minute attack also damaged or [destroyed / destruction] 19 US Navy warships. Mr Abe is the first Japanese leader for [decades / decade] to visit Pearl Harbor and the first to visit a [memory / memorial] on the site of the sunken battleship the USS Arizona. Mr Abe acknowledged the US [roll / role] in rebuilding Japan after WWII. He said: "When the war ended and Japan was a [nation / national] in burnt-out ruins as far as the eye could [seen / see] , suffering miserable poverty, it was the USA and [its / that] good people that generously sent us food to eat and clothes to wear." He added that the friendship [among / between] the USA and Japan was an everlasting "alliance of hope".

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