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Japan's PM Shinzo Abe pays a visit to Pearl Harbour

By Brian Skoloff

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited the memorial honouring US sailors and marines killed in the attack on Pearl Harbour.

The USS Arizona Memorial was closed to the public yesterday when Mr Abe visited the historic site, joined by US president Barack Obama, who is on holiday in Hawaii with his family.

Mr Abe laid wreaths at cemeteries and memorials on Monday ahead of the landmark visit to the site of the 1941 bombing by Japan that plunged the United States into the Second World War.

Mr Abe did not apologise for Japan's attack.

Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said "the purpose of the upcoming visit is to pay respects for the war dead and not to offer an apology".

The visit comes six months after Mr Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima for victims of the US atomic bombing of that city.

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