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Wednesday, 11th February 2009
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Clinton requests meeting with Japan's opposition

Hilary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has requested a meeting with Ichiro Ozawa, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, when she visits the country next week.

Sources say the request came via the US embassy in Tokyo and Mr Ozawa is expected to give his reply after considering the current difficult situation in the Japanese parliament.

Among the issues likely to be on the agenda of any meeting is the strength of the Japan-US alliance and the reassignment of American forces on Japanese soil, reports Japan Today.

The request comes as opinion polls show public sentiment in Japan turning against Mr Aso, making the possibility of a change in government more likely after any future election.

It was recently revealed that Mrs Clinton, the wife of former US president Bill Clinton, has chosen Japan as the destination for her first diplomatic visit.

She will also visit China and South Korea.

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