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Regarding U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima last month, it is my opinion Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should now visit Pearl Harbor.

I think it was a big decision for Obama. We can realize what he thought from the fact that he spoke much longer than he had planned in his Hiroshima speech. He didn’t apologize for the U.S. atomic bomb, but he paid respect to the dead and the victims of the Hiroshima attack. This moved Japanese people.

I think Abe has to do the same thing as Obama. Abe has to pay respect to the dead of the Pearl Harbor attack. I don’t think he has to apologize for it because there are many opinions in Japan about Pearl Harbor. If he visited, the relationship between Japan and U.S. would be better.

RENE TAKAHASHI
KASHIWA, CHIBA PREFECTURE

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