Regardless of the outcome of the U.S. presidential race, Japan will continue talks with the new administration regarding Okinawa Prefecture’s demand for a 15-year limit on the U.S. military’s use of a planned new airfield there, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said Thursday.

Tokyo’s policy toward North Korea will also remain unchanged, even if George W. Bush becomes the first Republican president in eight years, Fukuda said during an interview marking his recent appointment as Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori’s new right-hand man.

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