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Naoto Kan, secretary general of the Democratic Party of Japan, stressed on Wednesday the need for a U.S. military presence in Japan, distancing himself from DPJ President Yukio Hatoyama’s call for an alliance without the stationing of U.S. forces in the country.

“Over a period of at least 10 to 20 years, the Japan-U.S. security treaty is necessary for Japan,” Kan said at a luncheon held by the United States Institute of Peace, a Washington think tank. “To maintain the treaty, it is necessary for Japan to provide a certain number of bases.”

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