Abe to send message Japan won't repeat war atrocities

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Nov 21, 2016.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Nov 21, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday (Dec 26) he wants to send a message to the world during his visit to Pearl Harbor that Japan will never repeat the atrocities of past wars.

"The alliance between Japan and the United States is one with hope in dealing with various problems in the world," Abe said in a speech to the Japanese business lobby Keidanren.

"I hope this visit will be a historical one with leaders of Japan and the United States jointly visiting Pearl Harbor in a show of reconciliation," he said.

Abe's Dec 27 visit with President Barack Obama comes 75 years after the attack that thrust the United States into World War II.