(141214) -- TOKYO, Dec. 14, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe smiles at the headquarters of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Tokyo, Dec. 14, 2014. LDP and its small partner the Komeito Party were expected to win two thirds of the seats in the 475-seat lower house in Sunday's election and the LDP alone could gain over 300 seats, exit polls showed. (Xinhua/Ma Ping)

Pearl Harbor Visit by Japan PM Abe to Bury Hatchet or History?

In a reciprocal gesture to US President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, cementing the leftover feelings of animosity, if any, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that he would visit Pearl Harbor NOT on December 7 but 20 days later.

Pearl harbor was a US Naval base in Hawaii that Japan attacked on December 7 (in US Time zone), 1941 killing thousands of sailors in an “unannounced” attack that forced the US to plunge into World War Two.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit would be the first ever by a sitting Japanese leader “to pay tribute” to military personnel who died in the war. The visit also coincides with his final summit with outgoing US President Obama.

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