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Friday, 5th March 2010
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Meeting due over Japanese base decision

A panel of Japanese ministers is set to meet on Monday (March 8th) to discuss the new location of a US military base.

A decision on the location of the controversial Futenma air base on the Japanese island of Okinawa has been due for some time, but much disagreement between Japan, the US and local residents has slowed progress.

On Monday, a panel will meet to set yet another new deadline on an agreement over the base's new location.

Since being elected in a landslide victory in August last year, Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has said that he wants Japan to reduce its reliance on US troops.

US troops have been stationed in Japan since the end of the second world war but many people who live on Okinawa island have complained of the noise and trouble allegedly caused by the troops residing there.

Commenting on the new meeting date, US assistant secretary of state for public affairs Philip Crowley said: "If the timetable of that review is accelerated, like I said, we await their findings and their judgment."

Written by Mark Smith.