Campbell arrives for talks on North

Kyodo

Kurt Campbell, the senior U.S. diplomat for Asia, arrived in Tokyo on Friday to discuss issues related to North Korea with Japanese officials.

Campbell, who arrived from Seoul for a two-day visit — the last leg of a three-country Asian tour that first took him to Beijing earlier this week — is the highest-level U.S. official to visit the region since North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s death last month and the installation of his son, Kim Jong Un.

Speaking to reporters at Tokyo’s Haneda airport after his arrival, Campbell, assistant U.S. secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific, said the U.S. wants to reconfirm the importance of working closely with Japan in dealing with regional affairs.

Also on the agenda during his visit are discussions on the long-stalled relocation of the U.S. Futenma base in Okinawa, and Japan joining an international treaty that sets procedures for the settlement of cross-border child custody disputes.