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Japan will finalize an accord with the United States in early April on realigning U.S. forces in Japan, effectively shelving efforts to gain the unlikely endorsement of local-level authorities for the changes, government sources said Tuesday.

The government is considering sending Defense Agency chief Fukushiro Nukaga and Foreign Minister Taro Aso to the United States for April 1-2 security talks with their U.S. counterparts, the sources said.

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