TOKYO – Japan's foreign minister says he feels "deep emotion" about the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Kyodo News agency quoted Koichiro Gemba as saying Wednesday that even though the U.S. and Japan fought in World War II, their alliance now is vital for the peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.
Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 -- Dec. 8 Japan time -- brought the U.S. into the war.
The anniversary typically gets little attention in Japan as authorities don't want to highlight the country's past military aggression.
Japan does however commemorate the atomic bombings by the U.S. of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 that came just before Japan surrendered.