>> A symbolic visit to highlight the strength of the US- Japan alliance, just weeks before a new administration takes over the White House. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and US President, Barack Obama, side by side at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, laying wreath for the dead 75 years after Japan's attack pushed America into World War II.
> Ours is an alliance of hope that will lead us to the future. What has bonded us together is the power of reconciliation made possible through the spirit of tolerance.>> Reconciliation.>> The presence of Prime Minister Abe here today remind us of what is possible between nations and between peoples.
It is here that we remember that even when hatred burns hottest, even when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward. We must resist the urge to demonize those who are different.>> Rueters reporter Jeff Mason was there.>> The meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Abe happens just a few weeks before President-elect Trump takes office in Washington, raising some questions about whether the strong US- Japan alliance will continue under his leadership given some of the more controversial remarks he made about Japan during his campaign.
But Primer Minister Abe met with Donald Trump a few weeks ago in New York, and came out afterwards saying that he was a trustworthy leader.>> It's not the first time a Japanese Prime Minister has come to Pearl Harbor, but Abe is the first to pay his respects alongside a US president.
The visit comes months after Obama made the first trip as a US president to Hiroshima. Obama called for a world without nuclear arms during that visit. But didn't apologize for the atomic bomb the US dropped in 1945. Likewise, no apology was offered by Abe on Tuesday.