Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday (Dec 5) he will visit Hawaii on Dec 26-27 for a summit with US President Barack Obama and to remember the victims of Japan's Pearl Harbour attack 75 years ago.
Mr Abe's visit comes after Mr Obama made a trip to Hiroshima in May, the first sitting US president to visit the Japanese city that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on in 1945.
This Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attack. Mr Abe will be the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit the site.
Speaking to reporters at the prime minister's office, Mr Abe said his upcoming visit is intended to pay homage to the victims of the surprise Japanese attack.
In August this year, Mr Abe's wife Akie Abe had visited the USS Arizona Memorial on Oahu Island. Her two-hour visit included saying a prayer and laying flowers. AGENCIES