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Monday, 10th May 2010
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Japan and US governments meet to discuss base

Japanese cabinet members are meeting with representatives from the US government to try and come to an agreement over the relocation of a controversial Marine base.

A military base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa is currently home to half of all US troops stationed in the country and under a 2006 agreement, the base is to be moved to another location.

Issues with noise and pollution have made the base a sticking point for locals and during his election campaign, Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama promised to remove the base completely.

This proved unpopular with Washington and the two countries have been holding regular talks to try and resolve the issue.

The prime minister's popularity has been sliding in opinion polls since the base dispute began.

He has put a self-imposed limit on his decision on the location of the base, promising the issue will be resolved by the end of May.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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