Shinzo Abe made history today as the first Prime Minister of Japan to address a joint meeting of Congress. As leader of an American enemy during World War II, he offered, "with profound respect, [his] eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during World War II." Describing his visit to Washington's World War II Memorial, Abe said he felt "deep repentance."
Frank Jannuzi is president of the nonprofit Mansfield Foundation, which works to improve US-Asia relations. He's former Asia Affairs Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.