Full Text of Speech by Japanese PM Abe at Pearl Harbor

Full Text of Speech by Japanese PM Abe at Pearl Harbor
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President Obama, Commander Harris, ladies and gentlemen, and all American citizens:

I stand here at Pearl Harbor as the prime minister of Japan.

If we listen closely we can make out the sound of restless waves, breaking and then retreating again. The calm inlet of brilliant blue is radiant with the gentle sparkle of the warm sun.

Behind me, a striking white form atop the azure is the USS Arizona Memorial.

Together with President Obama, I paid a visit to that memorial, the resting place for many souls.

It was a place which brought utter silence to me.

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