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Japan-U.S. joint ceremony held for 1st time to remember Pearl Harbor

  • December 9, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 09:21
  • English Press

Representatives from the United States and Japan held a ceremony Thursday to jointly mourn for the first time those who were killed in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.


The U.S. Navy and the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu co-organized the event on Ford Island in the harbor, which was pounded by Japanese military aircraft on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.


Participants at the event, which was not open to the press, included U.S. Navy officers and Japanese Consul General Yasushi Misawa, according to Tatsunobu Isoda, who attended as the mayor of Nagaoka in Niigata Prefecture, the hometown of the Japanese commander in the surprise attack, Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto.


The ceremony, proposed by Misawa, took place a day after a high-profile ceremony in the harbor to remember Americans who died in the attack.


The Japanese attack left some 2,400 Americans dead, including crewmembers of naval vessels docked in the harbor, propelling the United States into World War II.

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