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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The prime minister will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House later on Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Obama called for peace over war at the Pearl Harbor memorial


UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. 

During his visit to the USS Arizona, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered condolences to the thousands killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. 

As expected, he did not apologize for the attack, be offered "sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls" lost on that day, according to CNN

President Obama also spoke, paying tribute to the restored relations between the two countries.

"I hope that together we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war," Obama said after the wreath-laying ceremony.  

Obama added that Abe's trip to Hawaii for the ceremony "reminds us of what is possible between nations and between humans. Wars can end, the most bitter of adversaries can become the strongest allies. The fruits of peace always outweigh the plunder of war.”

Original story below

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to visit the Pearl Harbor naval base on Tuesday, marking the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. base. 

Inspired by President Obama's visit to Hiroshima in May, Abe announced the visit earlier this month, pledging to "send a message of reconciliation." 

Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. Abe will be the first Japanese leader to officially visit Pearl Harbor. The New York Times reports others may have done so quietly.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Obama called for peace over war at the Pearl Harbor memorial

WATCH  | Abe also visited a separate World War II memorial at the base ahead of his historic visit to the USS Arizona Memorial on Tuesday. 

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Obama called for peace over war at the Pearl Harbor memorial

WATCH | Abe laid a wreath at Makiki Cemetery in Hawaii.

The reason for the visit

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.

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

The visit was originally considered a historic first.

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