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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the Ujibashi bridge as they visit the Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan Thursday, May 26, 2016 , ahead of the first session of the G-7 summit meetings. When Obama and Abe make a historic visit to Hiroshima - the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the site of the first atomic bomb attack - their words advocating nuclear disarmament will clash with real-world security necessities. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan's prime minister is set to pay a historic visit to Pearl Harbor with Obama


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Obama will pay a historic visit the USS Arizona Memorial Tuesday to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, according to CNN.

"The two leaders' visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values," according to a White House statement.

Abe's visit comes months after Obama's trip to Hiroshima. In May, Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, which was one of two Japanese cities the United States dropped nuclear weapons on during World War II.

During his visit, Obama called for a "world without nuclear weapons."

Obama wrote in the Hiroshima museum's guest book that he hopes the world will "find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons."

Abe has implied his trip to Pearl Harbor is in return for Obama's visit, CNN reports.

"President Obama's message for the world without nuclear upon his visit to Hiroshima was engraved in the heart of the Japanese people," Abe said, according to CNN.

Abe isn't the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor, but he will be the first to visit the USS Arizona Memorial.

Thousands of Marines and sailors died when the battleship sank during the surprise attack in 1941.

During his trip to Hawaii, Abe is scheduled to visit several other sites and will lay a wreath at the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific.

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