tv President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Deliver Remarks in Hawaii CSPAN December 28, 2016 6:17am-6:56am EST
pearl harbor as the prime minister of japan. if you listen closely, we can make out the sound of restless waves breaking and retreating again. the calm inlet of brilliant blue is radiant with the sparkling in the warm sun. behind me, a striking white for. 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. 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 conversations, upbeat and at ease on that day on a sunday morning. voices of young servicemen talking to each other about
their futures and dreams. voices calling out the names of loved ones in their very final moments. voices praying for the happiness of children still unborn. each 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 place, and also to the souls of the countless innocent people who became innocent victims of the war. we must never repeat the horrors of war again. this is the solemn vow we the people of japan have taken.
since the war, we have created a free and democratic country that values the rule of law and we have resolutely upheld our vow never again to wage war. we, the people of japan, will continue to uphold this unwavering principle while harboring quiet pride in the path we have walked as a peace-loving nation over thse 70 years since the war ended. to the souls of the servicemen
who lie in eternal rest aboard the uss arizona, to the american people, and to all of the people around the world, i pledge that unwavering vow here as the prime minister of japan. yesterday at the marine corps base in hawaii, i visited the memorial marker for an imperial japanese navy officer. he was a fighter pilot who was hit during the attack on pearl harbor and gave up on returning to his aircraft carrier. he went back instead and died. it was not japanese who erected a marker at the site where his fighter plane crashed. it was u.s. servicemen who had been on the receiving end of his attack.
they applauded the bravery of the dead pilot and they erected this stone marker. on the marker, his rank at that time is inscribed -- lieutenant, imperial japanese navy, showing respect toward a servicemen who gave his life for his country. the brave respect the brave. so wrote ambrose bierce in a famous poem. showing respect even to an enemy they fought against, trying to understand even an enemy that they hated. therein lies the spirit of tolerance embraced by the
american people. when the war ended and japan was a nation in burnt out ruins, as far as the eye could see, suffering under abject poverty, it was the united states and its good people that instinctively sent food to eat and clothes to wear. the japanese people managed to survive and make their way toward the future, thanks to the sweaters and milk from the american people. it was the united states who opened up the path for japan to return to the international
community once more after the war. under the leadership of the united states, japan as a member of the free world was able to enjoy peace and prosperity. the goodwill and the assistance that you sent to the japanese, the enemy you had fought so fiercely, together with the tremendous spirit of tolerance were etched deeply into the hearts and the minds of our grandfathers and mothers.
we also remember them, our children and grandchildren, will continue to pass these memories down and never forget what you did for us. the words pass through my mind, those words inscribed in the wall at the lincoln memorial in washington, d.c., where i visited with president obama. with malice toward none, with charity for all, let us strive on to do all to achieve and cherish a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. these are the words of president abraham lincoln.
on behalf of the japanese people, i hereby wish to express once again my heartfelt gratitude to the united states and to the world for the tolerance extended to japan. it has now been 75 years since pearl harbor. japan and the united states, which fought a fierce war that will go down in the annals of human history have become allies with deep and strong ties rarely found anywhere in history.
we are allies that will tackle together to an even greater degree than ever before the many challenges covering the globe. ours is an alliance of hope that will lead us to the future. what has bonded us together is the power of reconciliation made possible through the spirit of tolerance. what i want to appeal to the people of the world here at pearl harbor, together with president obama, is this power of reconciliation. even today, the horrors of war have not been eradicated from the surface of the world. there is no end to the spiral
where hatred creates hatred. the world needs the spirit of tolerance and the power of reconciliation now, and especially now. japan and the united states, which have eradicated hatred and cultivated friendship and trust on the basis of common values, are now and especially now taking responsibility for appealing to the world about the importance of tolerance and the power of reconciliation. that is precisely why the japan-u.s. alliance is an alliance of hope. the inlet gazing at us is
tranquil as far as the eye can see. pearl harbor -- it is beautiful, shimmering like pearls, that is a symbol of tolerance and reconciliation. it is my wish that our japanese children and, president obama, your american children and indeed their children and grandchildren and people all around the world will continue
to remember pearl harbor as a symbol of reconciliation. we will spare no efforts to continue our endeavors to make that wish a reality. together with president obama, i hereby make my steadfast pledge. thank you very much. [applause] pres. obama: prime minister abe, on behalf of the american people, thank you for your gracious words, thank you for your presence here today. it is a historic gesture that speaks to the power of reconciliation and the alliance
between the american and japanese peoples. a reminder that even the deepest wounds of war can give way to friendship and lasting peace. distinguished guests, members of our armed forces, and most of all, survivors of pearl harbor and their loved ones, aloha. >> aloha. pres. obama: to americans, especially those who call hawaii home, this harbor is a sacred place. as we lay a wreath or toss flowers into waters that still weep, we think of the more than 2400 american patriots, the
fathers and husbands, wives and daughters, manning heaven's rails for all trinity. we salute the defenders who pull themselves a little straighter every december 7, and we reflect on the heroism that was shown here 75 years ago. as dawn broke on that december day, paradise never seemed so sweet. the water was warm and impossibly blue. the sailors ate in the mess hall or readied themselves for church, dressed in crisp white shorts and t-shirts. at anchor, the ships in the harbor floated in neat rows. the california, the maryland, and the oklahoma.
the tennessee, the west virginia, and the nevada. on the deck of the arizona, the navy band was tuning up. that morning, the ranks on men's shoulders defined them less than the courage in their hearts. across the island, americans defended themselves however they could, firing training shells, working old bolt-action rifles. an african-american mess steward, who would typically be confined to cleaning duties, carried his commander to safety and then fired an antiaircraft gun until he ran out of ammo. we honor americans like jim
downing, a gunner's mate first-class on the west virginia. before he raced to the harbor, his new bride pressed into his hand a verse of scripture. the eternal god is my refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. as jim fought to save his ship, he simultaneously gather the names of the fallen so that he could give closure to their families. he said, it is just something you do. we remember americans like harry payne, a fireman from honolulu, who, in the face of withering fire, worked to douse burning planes until he gave his last full measure of devotion, one of the only civilian firefighters ever to receive the purple heart.
we salute americans like chief petty officer john finn, who manned a 50 caliber machine gun for more than two hours and was wounded more than 20 times, earning him our nation's highest military declaration, the medal of honor. and it is here that we reflect on how war tests our most enduring values. how, even as japanese-americans were deprived of their own liberty during the war, one of the most decorated military units in the history of the 442nd infantry regiment and its 100th infantry battalion, the japanese-american.
in that 442nd served my friend and proud hawaiian, daniel inoye, a man who was the senator from hawaii for most of my life and with whom i would find myself proud to serve in the senate chamber. a man who is not only the recipient of the medal of honor and the presidential medal of freedom but was one of the most distinguished statesman of his generation as well. here at pearl harbor, america's first battle of the second world war roused the nation. here in so many ways, america came of age. a generation of americans, including my grandparents, the greatest generation -- they did not seek war, but they refused
to shrink from it. they all did their part on fronts and in factories, and while 75 years later, the proud ranks of pearl harbor survivors have thinned with time, the bravery we recall here is forever etched in our national heart. i would ask all our pearl harbor and world war ii veterans who are able to, to please stand or raise your hands, because a grateful nation thanks you. [applause]
pres. obama: the character of nations is tested in war, but defined in peace. most one of the horrific chapters in human history, one that took not tens of thousands, but tens of millions of lives with ferocious fighting across this ocean, the united states and japan chose friendship and they chose peace. over the decades, our alliance has made both of nations more successful. it has helped underwrite an international order that has prevented another one for and that has lifted more than a billion people out of extreme poverty. today, the alliance between the
united states and japan, bound not only by shared interests but also rooted in common values, stands as the cornerstone of peace and stability in the asia-pacific and a force for progress around the globe. our alliance has never been stronger. in good times and bad, we are there for each other. recall five years ago, when a wall of water bore down on japan and the reactors in fukushima melted. america's men and women in uniform were there to help the japanese friends. across the globe, the united
states and japan worked shoulder to shoulder to strengthen the security of the asia-pacific and the world, turning back piracy, combating disease, slowing the spread of nuclear weapons, keeping the peace in the war-torn lands. earlier this year near pearl harbor, japan joined with two dozen nations in the world's largest maritime military exercise. that included our forces from the u.s. pacific command, led by admiral harry harris, the son of an american naval officer and a japanese mother. harry was born in yokoska. but you wouldn't know it from his tennessee twang. thank you, harry, for your outstanding leadership. [applause] pres. obama: in this sense, our presence here today, the connection is not just between
our governments but between our people. the presence of prime minister abe here today reminds us of what is possible between nations and peoples. wars can end. the most bitter of adversaries can become the strongest of allies. the fruits of peace always outweigh the plunder of war. this is the enduring truth of this hallowed harbor. it is here that we remember that even when hatred burns hottest, even when the the tug of tribalism is at the most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward and resist the urge to demonize those who are different.
the sacrifice made here, the anguish of war, it reminds us to seek that divine spark that is common to all humanity. it insists that we strive to be what our japanese friends called [speaking japanese] "with and for each other." that is the message of captain william callahan of the missouri. even after an attack on his ship, he ordered that the japanese private be laid to rest with military honors, wrapped in a japanese flag sewn by the american sailors. it is the lesson of the japanese
pilot who, years later, returned to this harbor, befriended an old marine bugler and asked him to play taps and lay two roses here at this memorial every month, one for america's fallen and one for japan's. it is the lesson our two peoples learn every day in the most ordinary of ways, whether it is an american studying in tokyo, a young japanese studying across america, scientists from our two nations unraveling the mysteries of cancer or combating climate change, exploring the stars. it's a baseball player like ichiro lighting up a stadium in miami, buoyed by the shared pride of two peoples, both american and japanese, united in peace and friendship.
as nations and as people, we cannot choose the history that we inherit. but we can choose what lessons to draw from it. and use those lessons to chart our own futures. prime minister abe, i welcome you here in the spirit of friendship that the people of japan have always welcomed me. i hope that together, we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war, that reconciliation carries more rewards than retribution. here in this quiet harbor, we honor those we lost and we give thanks for all that our two nations have won together as friends. may god hold the fallen in his everlasting arms, may he watch
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