>> Are you getting the right?>> Just weeks before Donald Trump take the Oath of Office. Another political pageant will be unfolding>>
in Hawaii. Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor in December. The site of his country's infamous surprise attack in 1941 that killed more than 2,000 people.
And drew America into World War II. The move is expected to boost Abe's popularity ratings at home. But as Reuters's Linda Sieg reports, there's a wider audience.>> It would appear that this does give Prime Minister Abe a good chance, a good opportunity. To send a message not only to the Asian region, including China.
That the US-Japan alliance is very strong. That the former wartime enemies are now the closest of allies. But also to send that message to President-elect Trump.>> Trump has rattled Tokyo. With comments that Japan should be paying more for US troops stationed there. And suggestions it should develop its own nukes.
A departure from Barack Obama's more touchy-feely approach to ties. The US president laid the groundwork for Abe's Pearl Harbor visit. When he visited Hiroshima earlier this year. Laying a wreath for those who died in America's 1945 atomic bomb attack.>> Most Japanese very much appreciate the president's visit to Hiroshima.
And that this seems an appropriate step on the Japanese side. To hopefully to some extent lay to rest some of the history issues. That have continued to haunt both countries and also Asia more generally. Even though it's now 71 years after the war.>> Under Abe, Japan's defense forces are the strongest they've been since the war.
But he's also been willing to touch on the country's painful past. He says the visit to Pearl Harbor is a chance to pray for the victims. Although his spokesman says he will stop short. Of apologizing for Japan's role in the bloodiest war in history.