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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor when he visits the site later this month, according to the Washington Post.

The White House announced Monday that Abe will meet with President Barack Obama in Honolulu on Dec. 27.

The president and the prime minister will visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in order to honor those who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that the meeting “will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review our joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our close cooperation on a number of security, economic, and global challenges.”

“The two leaders’ visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values,” Earnest said.

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