Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) waves before departure for Hawaii at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Dec. 26, 2016. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed Monday for Hawaii where he will visit Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries highlight decades of post-World War II reconciliation.Abe's visit to the site, which was bombed by Japan in a surprise attack in December 1941 that drew the United States into World World II, was announced earlier this month.The two-hour attack killed 2,403 Americans in all, injured more than 1,100 others and sank or heavily damaged eight U.S. battleships.The New York real-estate magnate sent shockwaves through Japan during the campaign when he appeared to question the U.S.-Japan security alliance.He said that Japan should pay more to support U.S. troops stationed in the country and could even consider developing its own nuclear weapons.
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