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Obama, Japan's PM discuss Marine base on Okinawa

Obama, Japan's PM discuss Marine base on Okinawa

The White House says President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama have expressed satisfaction with plans to move a U.S. Marine base to a less crowded part of the Japanese island of Okinawa.
Obama and Hatoyama spoke in a telephone conversation on Thursday as the president was flying to Chicago.
Details of their conversation came as Washington and Tokyo issued a joint statement outlining a new agreement on keeping the base on the island of Okinawa. Hatoyama's decision disappointed many of the island's residents, who complain about base-related noise, pollution and crime.
The White House also says Obama and Hatoyama pledged to work closely with South Korea after a North Korean torpedo reportedly sank its neighbor's ship.