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In a surprise announcement Monday night, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would make a historic visit to Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama — the first by a sitting Japanese leader to visit the place with the U.S. leader — on Dec. 26 and 27 during a trip for his final summit with him.

The stunning declaration came just two days ahead of the 75th anniversary of the attack that propelled the U.S. into World War II.

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