Democratic Party of Japan executives failed Friday to arrange a meeting between DPJ chief Ichiro Ozawa and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton when she visits Japan next week.

DPJ Secretary General Yukio Hatoyama and James Zumwalt, charge d’affaires ad interim of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, agreed during a telephone conversation Friday morning that the meeting won’t take place due to scheduling difficulties, according to Kenji Yamaoka, the DPJ’s Diet affairs chief.

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