Shinzo Abe

Not the first: Abe predecessor visited Pearl Harbor in 1951

The news media widely reported this week that Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor when he goes later this month — but he won't be.

In 1951, then-Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida made a brief visit during a stopover in Hawaii on the way home from San Francisco, where he had signed a peace treaty with the Allied powers and other nations.

An Associated Press story dated Sept. 13, 1951, says Yoshida "yesterday paid the first official Japanese call on Pearl Harbor since Dec. 7, 1941." It says he spent about 20 minutes there, and posed for photos with Adm. Arthur W.R. Radford, commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet.