What is billed as the last big gathering of survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor takes place Wednesday in Hawaii — 75 years to the day after the bombing which brought the United States into World War II.
Another poignant and historic event will occur 20 days later at the naval base, when Shinzo Abe becomes the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial dedicated to more than 2,400 military personnel and civilians who died in the aerial raid. But those who expect Abe to apologize are likely to be disappointed.
“Prime Minister Abe, regardless of what he may believe personally and privately, has fully accepted the official Japanese government’s view on these issues,” Yuki Tatsumi, senior associate for East Asia programs at the Stimson Center, told VOA.
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