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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a presidential rival-turned-supporter, has been nominated to serve as President-elect Donald Trump's head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Trump said on Monday. "Dr. Carson is a distinguished national leader who overcame his troubled youth in the inner city of Detroit to become a renowned neurosurgeon who served as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland," Trump's transition team said in a statement announcing the nomination. Carson, who like Trump has never held public office and has no government experience, recently said he was not interested in serving in Trump's administration because he lacked experience in the federal government.
By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he will visit Pearl Harbor this month with U.S. President Barack Obama "to console the souls" of victims of Japan's surprise attack on U.S. forces there 75 years ago. Abe, who will be the first serving Japanese prime minister to visit the naval base in Hawaii, said he wanted to demonstrate resolve to end the horror of war. This year, Obama become the first serving U.S. president to visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which the United States attacked with an atomic bomb in 1945.