Japan’s First Lady Visits Pearl Harbor

Japan’s first lady Akie Abe made a visit to Pearl Harbor where she paid tribute to Americans killed in Japan’s surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.

A visit by Abe would mark the first time an incumbent Japanese prime minister’s wife had gone to the Pearl Harbor memorial.

The attack on the naval base by Japanese torpedo planes, bombers and fighter planes drew the United States into World War Two when it declared war on Japan.

In May, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, one of two cities the United States hit with atomic bombs in 1945. The other was Nagasaki.

Since Obama’s visit there has been speculation over whether Abe would visit Pearl Harbor.

More than 1,100 sailors and Marines were killed on the USS Arizona in the Japanese attack. The sunken battleship, at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, is the resting place of almost all of them.