U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participated in the memorial ceremony to pay tribute to those who deceased during the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. Some 2,300 U.S. troops perished back then, while the Japanese imperial army only suffered minor losses.
Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese leader to ever visit the site of the historical face-off between Japan and the United States, BBC reports.
‘This historical gesture shows the power of reconciliation and is a reminder that the deepest wounds inflicted by the war can be healed by friendship and long-lasting peace,’ Obama said.
Abe expressed his condolences due to the tragedy that took place at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. ‘We shouldn’t let the horrors of war happen again – that’s the solemn promise given by the Japanese,’ he said.
The U.S. and Japanese leaders laid flowers to the monument of those who deceased in the attack.