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Tuesday, 19th January 2010
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Japanese US tie marked

A pact between Japan and the United States which was made during the Cold War has been in place for 50 years today (January 19th).

Back in 1960, Japan and the US joined forces to stand against Russia and China but recent disagreements between the two nations have seen the day go relatively uncelebrated.

Since the Japanese president Yukio Hatoyama came to power in August last year, he has expressed a desire to reduce the reliance of Japan on the US. Ongoing discussions over where a US military base should be moved to - it is currently on Okinawa - have also soured relations between the US and Japan.

As part of the Cold War agreement, a new base is supposed to be built on the island by 2014 but local opposition and the views of the new Japanese president are putting this plan in jeopardy.

There are currently some 47,000 US troops stationed in Japan.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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