Thursday, January 26, 2017

Obama and Abe Make Historic Visit to Pearl Harbor


Link: https://newsela.com/articles/abe-obama-pearl-harbor/id/25328/

Summary: Our former President Barack Obama and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came together on December 27, 2016 to remember those who passed on the tragic day of the infamous attack. Their meet was a sign that our country's relationship with Japan is mended, as both leaders agree to "never repeat the horrors of war again". The leaders' time of remembrance was also a time to ensure their countries will never have to suffer like they did in the past, as Abe and Obama both tossed lily wreaths and purple flower petals into the battle waters and respectfully gave a few moments of silence. Ultimately, Obama and Abe came to a conclusion to ensure peace between countries and to remember the notorious day.

Connection: This news article connects to our topic of the Pearl Harbor bombing. I think this is a great article to show the transition in terms of relationship with Japan and how both countries have learned to cope and join together through the traumatic and unforgettable past.

Questions: Do you think this was a good ending to former President Obama's term? Do you think Japan and the US will maintain peaceful throughout the next years? Will there be any change between the countries' relationship because of our new president? If so, why?

14 comments:

  1. I think their will be new changes because of our new president. He is racist and only likes white people, so he would do anything to have only whites around him.

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  2. I think Obama ended on a good term by agreeing with Japan's minster to have to more war, however with our new president there's no promise that both countries will maintain peace throughout the next years. Our new president favors only one group and doesn't want to give other races the ability to live freely or happily.

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    1. I agree that Obama completed his last term on a good note with such an eventful meeting. I also agree about your thoughts on our new president and the unpromised relationship we can keep with Japan because of his presidency. I think his favoritism towards one group may not affect the relationship with Japan, but, his unpredictability may prove me wrong.

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  3. I believe that Obama just wants everyone to be at peace before leaving his presidency. I don't think that Japan and the the US will keep being at peace as long as Trump is our new president.He thinks he has good intentions but he actually makes the situation worse and they could end up disliking us because of what Trump might say or do.

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  4. I think that this was a great ending to President Obama's term because he and Abe both are on good terms, eliminating any conflict that may have been present since the Pearl Harbor attack. I am unsure if this peace will remain over the next few years because we have seen Trumps outbursts and tendency to speak whatever he wants. Trump is very unpredictable so all prior good relations with countries may be at risk in the future.

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  5. I think that it is amazing that Obama ended his second term as president with a meeting with the Japanese prime minister to make peace with their countries. I believe that the US and Japan will maintain peace for a short period of time, only because our new president isn't the smartest man and is likely going to do or say something that will piss off the Japanese government and lead to trouble. Trump is a wild card when it comes to his speaking and anything he says is basically offensive unless he's trying to make up for something that he said in the past.

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  6. Obama went out on a high note, and given how bad our next president looks, Obama looks even better. For the years to come, America will not be taken seriously. As seen with Peñas rejection of diplomacy last weekend, the world does not think of Trump as a diplomatic leader, but instead a loud baby. Our economic and world power will decrease because the president is not able to discuss with people who don't take him seriously.

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  7. I think Obama left on a great terms, I wish for Japan and US to stay in the relationship there in right now. So that peace continues

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  8. I think the US and Japan will remain peaceful for a short period of time. I don't think it would last for a long time because of the president. They recovered from the attacks of Pearl Harbor but if our president becomes violent it can ruin it.

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  9. Obama has ended off his presidency with a good last message to the nation. Obama has spent the past 8 years of his presidency to help improve the nation and he does not want that to go to waste. I believe that with this, the Japanese government and the US government could stay on good terms but since Trump is president now, there is no saying that anything can happen during this time.

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  10. Obama has ended his presidency on an extremely high note especially in comparison to how our new president has started his. Trump's unpredictability could ultimately lead to a number of changes in relationships with not only Japan but also other countries. In the future there will probably be changes that result from Trump's leadership.

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  11. I like how both leaders came together to remember those that died in the war. Also how they both agreed to never repeat "the horrors of war."

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  12. I believe that Obama has ended off his term right, by honoring everyone who died in the war with Japan's leader. Both governments have been on good terms, but now that Trump is president there is no telling what will happen.

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  13. Obama commemorated the history of the US, which is a nice way to end his term as president of the United States. I believe that Japan's relationship will remain constant as Japan and Trump have a good relationship.

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