Wednesday, 19th May 2010
In Events In Japan,
Hillary Clinton to visit Japan
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is to visit Japan as part of a trip to Asia, it has been announced.
The US State Department said that as well as visiting Japan, Clinton will travel to South Korea. The purpose of the trip is to discuss economic and strategic issues with Chinese representatives and talks are likely to touch on the nuclear policies of Iran and North Korea.
Clinton was in Beijing earlier this week and held a meeting with the US treasury secretary and his Chinese counterpart.
The controversial Okinawa military base is set to be high on the agenda when she meets with Japanese officials this coming Friday (May 21st). The base has long been a contentious issue between the two nations, with Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama promising to remove the base entirely during his election campaign.
The pledge angered the US as it goes against a 2006 agreement between the two countries.
Written by Kimberley Homer.