Japan's PM Abe in Hawaii on eve of Pearl Harbor trip

Japan's PM Abe in Hawaii on eve of Pearl Harbor tripJapanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited several memorials in Hawaii, one day ahead of a visit to Pearl Harbor, the US naval base attacked by the Japanese in 1941, Reuters reports.

The Japanese prime minister first headed to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, a memorial to those who died while serving in the US Armed Forces, and laid down a wreath.

Abe, joined by two of his Cabinet members, bowed his head before wreaths of white flowers and greenery laid at the feet of stone monuments at Makiki Cemetery in Honolulu dedicated to Japanese who settled in Hawaii in the 1800s.

"I am very much looking forward to sending out a strong message on the value of reconciliation, as well as our sincere prayer for the souls of the war dead," Abe, speaking through an interpreter, said at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

Abe and US President Barack Obama will visit Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that dragged the United States into World War Two.
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