Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister will be visiting Pearl Harbor on Dec. 27th, which comes 75 years after the infamous attack by the former Japanese Axis of power in World War II against the United States.
The historical visit comes just a little less than a month before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the US president.
Last May President Barack Obama had visited Hiroshima, making him the first US president to have entered the city since the atomic bomb attack during the last days of World War II.
Donald Trump had other views about both of these visits, in which he tweeted by saying “Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he’s in Japan? Thousands of American lives lost.”
Japan-US Alliance Firm
Koichi Nakano, a professor from Sophia University stated that both Japan’s foreign policy and Prime Minister Abe deeply seek and intend to carry a certain message and spread it to the nations of the world and to Donald Trump, which is that the relationship between both nations remains firm and stable, and will only ever improve in the future.
Mr. Trump lashed out on relations with Japan before the US elections, claiming that Japan possesses nuclear warheads, and rejects the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which serves as an approved trade agreement.
Moving On From Past Feuds
Prime Minister was the first world leader who had met with Donald Trump after his triumphant win in the US elections, and remarked on the President-elect by saying he seems to be a leader that they can trust and rely on.
According to results shown in survey in the Gallup-Yomiuri newspaper, it revealed that about 41 percent of Japanese citizens expect their relations with the US to deteriorate eventually, and about 40 percent of American citizens as well deemed the same prediction as well.
Although the Second World War has flawed Japan’s current relations with South Korea and China, Japan’s tied with the United States has greatly improved under Prime Minister Abe.