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Tuesday, 12th January 2010
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Clinton heads to air base talks

The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is in Japan to meet with Katsuya Okada, her Japanese counterpart, to discuss the ongoing issue of US military bases on the island of Okinawa.

Her visit marks the beginning of a ten-day tour around the Asia Pacific region.

Since the new Japanese prime minster Yukio Hatoyama was appointed, there has been some tension between the US and Japan over a military base on Okinawa, with the new leader expressing his wishes to have the base moved.

In 2006, the countries signed an agreement that the base should be moved but the issue is where to relocate it to.

US troops have been stationed in Japan since the end of the second world war but their presence on the island has sometimes lead to problems with local residents.

Commenting on her meeting with Okada, Clinton said that it will "reaffirm the centrality of our 50-year-old alliance".

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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