Japanese Prime Minister will visit the base on which his country was attacked in 1941
According to the representative of the Japanese government, during a visit to pearl Harbor, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will not bring an apology for the bombing of this military base on Hawaii that took place in 1941.
“The Prime Minister’s visit aims to show its focus in the future and the desire never to repeat the tragedy of world war, as well as to convey the idea of reconciliation between the United States and Japan”, – said on Tuesday chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of pearl Harbor that prompted the United States to participate in the Second world war. Six months ago, Barack Obama became the first serving US President to visit Hiroshima – the Japanese city on which the US in 1945 caused the first ever nuclear attack.
As the Professor of Nagoya University Matthew Linley, Abe and his supporters in Japan viewed the visit as the end of the postwar period.
“In Japan, many believe that now the relationship between the two countries fully normalized, and despite the fact that, of course, President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima and the visit of Prime Minister Abe in pearl Harbor controversial, I believe that many, especially in Japan, have a positive attitude to this visit Abe,” he said.
Linley added that the Japanese government it is important to establish a good relationship with the President-elect Donald trump. Abe became the first foreign leader who has met with trump to talk to him during his visit to new York last month.
During the election campaign trump sometimes critical remarks about Japan and other countries where the United States played a role in securing and hosting American troops. In his opinion, these countries should assume a greater part of the costs.
Senior researcher, Japanese forum for strategic studies a Grant of Newsham believes that winning trump in the elections “brought Japan into complete confusion”.
“Pre-election trump statements that Japan is not doing enough for their own defense and pay little for the services of the armed forces of the United States, really scared the Japanese government,” – says the expert.