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The Conversation: Remembering Japan PM Shinzo Abe; Honolulu rail faces more challenges ahead

Shinzo Abe, Barack Obama
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, joined by President Barack Obama, standing right, greets World War II Pearl Harbor survivors on Kilo Pier overlooking the USS Arizona Memorial, part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaiʻi, adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, as part of a ceremony to honor those killed in the Japanese attack on the naval harbor. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
Bill Dorman has been the news director at Hawaiʻi Public Radio since 2011.
Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at
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