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Japan PM vows to settle U.S. base dispute by May

Japan PM vows to settle U.S. base dispute by May

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama pledged yesterday to decide by May on where to relocate a U.S. Marine base on the southern island of Okinawa that has strained ties between the nations.
More than half of the 47,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan under a 1960 security treaty are on Okinawa, where residents have complained for years about noise, pollution and crime around the bases.
"We will find what's best to keep our alliance with the U.S. as a cornerstone of peace in Japan and Asia, while reducing the burden of the Okinawan people," Hatoyama said.


Updated : 2021-02-27 09:47 GMT+08:00