Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Congress

April 29, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan delivered a historic speech to Congress.


“I proudly welcomed Prime Minister Abe to Congress today, in what was a historic event; the first time a Prime Minister of Japan has spoken before a joint special session of Congress," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. "Prime Minister Abe paid tribute to our warriors who lost their lives in World War II and described how moved he was during his visit to the World War II Memorial. In this historic speech, Prime Minister Abe also took time to express how much our own Senator Daniel K. Inouye ‘symbolized honor and achievements of Japanese-Americans.’


“Hawai‘i has long enjoyed a special and unique relationship with Japan. Our two nations have many areas of common concern, like fighting terrorism and defending human rights around the world. I look forward to continuing this productive dialogue and working together towards those common goals.”


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