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Japanese prime minister arrives in Hawaii for Pearl Harbour memorial visit

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Hawaii to recognise the attacks on Pearl Harbour.

Mr Abe arrived on Monday for the historic visit. He will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial that honours sailors and Marines killed in the 1941 attack.

The memorial will be closed to the public on Tuesday when he visits with US President Barack Obama, who is holidaying in Hawaii with his family.

Japan's former leader Shigeru Yoshida went to Pearl Harbour six years after the country's Second World War surrender.

Yoshida arrived at Pearl Harbour in 1951, shortly after requesting a courtesy visit to the office of Admiral Arthur W. R. Radford, commander of the US Pacific fleet.

The office overlooked Pearl Harbour, offering a direct view of the attack site.

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