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U.S.-Japan alliance 'indispensable' 80 years after Pearl Harbor

Columbia professor Gerald Curtis outlines historical lessons from bilateral ties

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Former U.S. President Barack Obama deliver remarks at Pearl Harbor in 2016.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Eighty years after the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the two countries have succeeded in overcoming their differences to become indispensable allies, Gerald Curtis, professor emeritus of political science at Columbia University, said in an interview with Nikkei.

Pearl Harbor taught the world several important lessons, according to Curtis.

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