Consulate Activities

Memorial Ceremony for the 76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

On December 8, the Consulate General of Japan and the Navy Region Hawaii conducted a joint ceremony on Ford Island to memorialize all the lives, both American and Japanese that were lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago. Approximately 80 participants took part in the ceremony, including Governor David Y. Ige and Mayor Tatsunobu Isoda of Nagaoka City, Niigata.
 
This observance marks the second time that Japan and the United States have collaborated to hold a joint ceremony. The program included statements by Consul General Ito and Rear Admiral Matthew Carter, Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and speeches by Mr. Hiromi Yoshida (LDP, Chairman of the Japan-Hawaii Parliamentary Friendship League) and Mr. Ryota Takeda (LDP, Secretary-General of the Japan-Hawaii Legislators’ Friendship Association) were read on behalf of them.
 
Last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Hawaii and leaders of both Japan and United States urged the world to take notice of what the power of reconciliation can do. This year, the same ceremony was held following the spirit of reconciliation that the two leaders had expressed last year.