Japan hails Pearl Harbor visit while bracing for Trump

Japan's national broadcaster NHK provided live coverage of the joint addresses of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Barak ObamaJapanese on Wednesday hailed a historic visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Pearl Harbor, praising his message of reconciliation with the United States but wary of the future after Donald Trump takes office. Interest in Abe’s visit to the site of Japan’s December 7, 1941 attack that drew the US into World War II has been high, with many favourably comparing it to President Barack Obama’s journey this year to Hiroshima. Both visits were highly choregraphed and in their remarks — Obama in Hiroshima and Abe in Hawaii — neither apologised or even explicitly said their countries carried out the respective attacks.

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