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Japanese first lady pays tribute to Pearl Harbor

  • FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Japan's first lady has visited Pearl Harbor for the first time to pay tribute to the victims of the Japanese attack 75 years ago. Abe said in her Facebook entry Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 that she laid flowers and prayed at the USS Arizona Memorial. "I offered flowers and a prayer," she wrote in a short message. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Japan's first lady has visited Pearl Harbor for the first time to pay tribute to the victims of the Japanese attack 75 years ago. Abe said in her Facebook entry Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 that she laid flowers and prayed at the USS Arizona Memorial. "I offered flowers and a prayer," she wrote in a short message. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this June 3, 2015 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after the USNS Mercy hospital ship struck the memorial's dock in May as it was leaving Pearl Harbor.  Japan's first lady has visited Pearl Harbor for the first time to pay tribute to the victims of the Japanese attack 75 years ago. Akie Abe said in her Facebook entry Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, that she laid flowers and prayed at the USS Arizona Memorial.
"I offered flowers and a prayer," she wrote in a short message. (Laurie Dexter/The U.S. Navy via AP, File)

    FILE- In this June 3, 2015 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after the USNS Mercy hospital ship struck the memorial's dock in May as it was leaving Pearl Harbor. Japan's first lady has visited Pearl Harbor for the first time to pay tribute to the victims of the Japanese attack 75 years ago. Akie Abe said in her Facebook entry Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, that she laid flowers and prayed at the USS Arizona Memorial. "I offered flowers and a prayer," she wrote in a short message. (Laurie Dexter/The U.S. Navy via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Japan's first lady has visited Pearl Harbor to pay tribute to the victims of the Japanese attack 75 years ago.

Akie Abe said in her Facebook entry Monday that she offered flowers and a prayer at the Arizona Memorial.

She did not elaborate on her visit that comes amid looming speculation about a similar visit by her husband, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledged that the first lady was in Hawaii to attend an environmental conference. Suga declined to comment, saying she is making a private visit.

Speculation for Abe's possible visit to Pearl Harbor has grown since U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute in May to the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing in Hiroshima.

No serving Japanese prime minister has visited Pearl Harbor.