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December, 29, 2016

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PEARL HARBOR -- The leaders of Japan and the United States sought to remind the world that even the most bitter enemies can become allies, during a historic pilgrimage to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not apologize, but conceded Japan "must never repeat the horrors of war again."

Seventy-five years after Japan's surprise attack, Abe and President Barack Obama peered down Tuesday at the rusting wreckage of the USS Arizona, clearly visible in the tranquil, teal water. In a show of respect for the war dead, Obama and Abe dropped purple petals into the water and stood in silence.

More than 1,000 U.S. war dead remain entombed in the submerged ship, which Japan struck as part of the devastating attack that killed more than 2,300 Americans and sent America marching into World War II.

"As the prime minister of Japan, I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here, as well as to the spirits of all the brave men and women whose lives were taken by a war that commenced in this very place," Abe said later at nearby Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

That was the closest Abe would get to an apology for the attack. And it was enough for Obama, who also declined to apologize seven months ago when he became America's first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in a bid to end the war.

It was enough, too, for Alfred Rodrigues, a U.S. Navy veteran who survived the attack. The 96-year-old said he had no hard feelings and added, "War is war."

"They were doing what they were supposed to do, and we were doing what we were supposed to do," Rodrigues said before the visit.

In the years after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. incarcerated roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps before dropping atomic bombs in 1945 that killed some 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki.

Since the war, the U.S. and Japan have built a powerful alliance that both sides say has grown during Obama's tenure, including strengthened military ties. Yet there are questions about whether the relationship will fray under President-elect Donald Trump, a possibility neither Obama nor Abe addressed.

Abe, who became Japan's first leader to visit Pearl Harbor with a U.S. president, said the visit "brought utter silence to me." His remarks capped a day that was carefully choreographed by the U.S. and Japan to show a strong and growing alliance between former foes.

Japanese officials said that in their talks, Abe and Obama agreed to closely monitor the movements of China's first and sole aircraft carrier, which has sailed into the western Pacific for the first time.

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The China Post News Staff

President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday called for a meeting between civic groups in favor of and against same-sex marriage, hoping to maintain rationality in dealing with the controversial bill. Opponents had gathered outside the Legislature earlier that day, as lawmakers screened an amendment to the Civil Code that would give same-sex couples the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. The move, however, drew the ire of several civic groups and religious organizations that vowed to fight the bill to the end — which they have every right to do. As the bill cannot be dealt with in the current legislative session though, we would like to encourage the president to push for further dialogue between opponents and supporters of the bill ahead of the opening of the next legislative session in February. At the same time, we hope the ruling and opposition parties can engage in cross-party consultations to help build consensus on this important legislation.

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96-year-old Taylor Swift fan gets a Christmas surprise
By Jim Salter, AP

ST. LOUIS -- At age 96, Cyrus Porter is a devoted Taylor Swift fan. He's traveled from his rural Missouri home to St. Louis and Memphis, Tennessee, to see her in concert.

On Monday, in the midst of a thunderstorm, the concert came to the World War II combat veteran, a surprise visit from the singer and her parents.

He had hosted 72 people for a family Christmas a day earlier. Many of his relatives were still there when a van pulled into the driveway of his home in New Madrid, about 130 miles south of St. Louis.

"My daughter opened the door and said, 'It's Taylor Swift!'" Porter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I couldn't believe it. It's not a miracle but I'd say it's pretty close."

Swift spent about an hour talking with Porter and family. Then, on the enclosed back porch, she sang her 2014 No. 1 hit, "Shake It Off," with dozens of Porter's relatives joining in.

"The whole family was singing along on the back porch," Porter said. "I though the police might come by!"

Porter likes his classic country, but he has been a fan of the 27-year-old singer ever since she burst onto the music scene as a teenager.

"The way she puts on a show is what I like," he said.

It wasn't clear how Swift came to find out about Porter's fandom, but he said that he was "proud of her to take the time out to do something like that for an old country boy."

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台北 -- 資誠會計事務所昨 (27) 日公布 2016 資誠家族企業調查報告指出,台灣僅 9% 的家族企業有健全的接班計畫,明顯偏低。資誠聯合會計師事務所家族企業調查負責人郭銘宗直言,接班流程規劃執行不佳,不僅讓世代交替成了營運管理階層的斷層,也成為家族企業明顯潛在的失敗因素。






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