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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, listens to questions from members of the press after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. Abe made a stop in New York to meet with the president-elect while en route to an APEC meeting in Lima. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor since WWII

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he would meet President Obama at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii at the end of December.

Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on the U.S. naval base that killed more than 2,300 and spurred the United States to enter World War II.

Abe's visit will be the first by a Japanese leader since that fateful day on Dec. 7, 1941. He said he would pray for the dead and hold a final meeting with Obama before his presidency ends.

We must never repeat the tragedy of the war... I would like to send a message of reconciliation between Japan and the U.S.
Shinzo Abe

The White House confirmed meeting, saying the visit will "showcase the power of reconciliation." 

Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor since WWII

WATCH  | This comes after Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima in May. He did not apologize for the controversial decision to drop nuclear bombs on that city and Nagasaki, killing an estimated 210,000 people and hastening the end of World War II.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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