Time: 12:23 a.m. CEST
President Barack Obama sent message of peace from the joint news conference with Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe at Pearl Harbor, 75 years after the devastating air attack on U.S. military and navy by the Japanese military on December 7, 1941. Obama and Abe before laid wraith to honor those fallen at Pearl Harbor. Obama spoke about historic gesture and said, we salute the defense and heroism 75 years ago.
Talking about recent days, Obama said, “U.S. and Japan choose friendship.” President Obama spoke after opening words by Japanese Prime minister Abe, and said he hopes that “together we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war.”
Obama offered explanation that peace and friendship, routed not only between two governments, but as well between people, are only solution even in t he time of hatred. “Even when hatred burns hottest, we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different,” Obama said. The President addressed survivors of Pearl Harbor and World War II and greeted them on behalf of the nation.
Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe who earlier honored the USS Arizona memorial, opened his address during joint remarks with Obama, “I am standing here at Pearl Harbor.” Abe offered his sincere condolences for those who lost lives at Pearl Harbor. Abe said that the alliance between Japan and US is an alliance of hope, reflects, “Power of reconciliation and spirit of tolerance.” As Abe said, “the world needs power of reconciliation and tolerance.”
Japanese Prime minister Abe visit to Pearl Harbor comes seven months after Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb in 1945. Abe is forth Japanese Prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor, but it is first who visited the USS Arizona Memorial, where about 2, 404 military and people died during surprise attack on December 7, 1941. After the attack, U.S. made its entry into the World War II.
This visit is weeks before the end of the Obama’s administration and the beginning the presidency of Donald Trump.