Pres Obama & Japanese PM Abe Pay Respects @ USS Arizona Memorial

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December 05, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit to Hawaii of Prime Minister Abe of Japan

President Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 27, 2016. The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review our joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our close cooperation on a number of security, economic, and global challenges. The President will also accompany Prime Minister Abe to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to honor those killed. The two leaders’ visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values.

Abe to make historic visit — the first by a Japanese leader — to Pearl Harbor this month

DEC 5, 2016 BY JESSE JOHNSON – japantimes

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

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

Abe said he was making the visit to Hawaii “to pay tribute” to military personnel from both sides of the Pacific who died in the war.

“We must never repeat the tragedy of the war,” he told reporters. “I would like to send this commitment. At the same time, I would like to send a message of reconciliation between Japan and the U.S.”

For more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/05/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-to-make-historic-visit-to-pearl-harbor-this-month/#.WEWywXeZM6s

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pay their respects at the
USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Hawai’i

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing in Hawai’i

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    President Obama participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
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    President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers remarks at the USS Arizona Memorial
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  2. Pres Obama & Japanese PM Abe Pay Respects at USS Arizona Memorial

    December 05, 2016

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit to Hawaii of Prime Minister Abe of Japan

    President Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 27, 2016. The meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review our joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our close cooperation on a number of security, economic, and global challenges. The President will also accompany Prime Minister Abe to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to honor those killed. The two leaders’ visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values.

    • 2:40 PM EST
      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
      Camp H.M. Smith, Honolulu, Hawai’i

    • December 27, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan at Pearl Harbor

      Oahu, Hawaii

      12:00 P.M. HAST

      PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) 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’s a place which brought utter silence to me. Inscribed there are the names of the servicemen who lost their lives. Sailors and Marines hailing from California and New York, Michigan and Texas, and various other places, serving to uphold their noble duty of protecting the homeland they loved, lost their lives amidst searing flames that day, when aerial bombing tore the USS Arizona in two.

      Even 75 years later, the USS Arizona, now at rest atop the seabed, is the final resting place for a tremendous number of sailors and Marines. Listening again as I focus my senses, alongside the song of the breeze and the rumble of the rolling waves, I can almost discern the voices of those crewmen. Voices of lively conversation, upbeat and at ease, on that day, on a Sunday morning. Voices of young servicemen talking to each other about their future and dreams; voices calling out names of loved ones in their very final moments; voices praying for the happiness of children still unborn. And every one of those servicemen had a mother and a father anxious about his safety. Many had wives and girlfriends they loved, and many must have had children they would have loved watch grow up. All of that was brought to an end. When I contemplate that solemn reality I am rendered entirely speechless.

      “Rest in peace, precious souls of the fallen.” With that overwhelming sentiment, I cast flowers, on behalf of Japanese people, upon the waters where those sailors and Marines sleep.

      President Obama, the people of the United States of America, and the people around the world, as the Prime Minister of Japan, I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here, as well as to the spirits of all the brave men and women whose lives were taken by a war that commenced in this very place, and also to the souls of the countless innocent people who became the victims of the war.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/28/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abe-japan-pearl-harbor

  3. WH

    Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing in Hawai’i

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  4. Kerry to Lay Out Vision for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

    December 27, 2016 Reuters

    WASHINGTON —
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lay out his vision for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a speech on Wednesday, days after the United States cleared the way for a U.N. resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements.

    The speech, less than a month before President Barack Obama leaves office, is expected to be the administration's last word on a decades-old dispute that Kerry had hoped to resolve during his four years as America's top diplomat.

    It could also be seen in Israel as another parting shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had an especially acrimonious relationship with Obama since they both took office in 2009.

    The United States on Friday broke with a longstanding approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and abstained on a United Nations Security Council resolution that passed with 14 countries in favor and none against.

    For more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-kerry-idUSKBN14G1NK

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    12/23/16 Today's Vote in the UN Security Council; Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC

  5. Endangered Species Act of 1973

    The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 7 U.S.C. § 136, 16 U.S.C. § 1531 et seq.) is one
    of the dozens of United States environmental laws passed in the 1970s. Signed into law
    by President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973, it was designed to protect critically
    imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and
    development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” The U.S. Supreme
    Courtfound that “the plain intent of Congress in enacting” the ESA “was to halt and
    reverse the trend toward species extinction, whatever the cost.”

    The Act is administered by two federal agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife
    Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_species_act

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