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Japan Delays Decision on Moving U.S. Marine Base


Martin Fackler
The New York Times
December 16, 2009

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s postponement of a decision on relocating an American military base on Okinawa may be the product of domestic political considerations as much as deeply held foreign policy principles, analysts here said on Tuesday. But it promises to put new pressures on Japan’s already strained ties with the United States, its closest ally.

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