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U.S. Ambassador John Roos said Friday that Washington views Tokyo as an equal partner and is willing to give Japan’s new government time to review a plan to rework the deployment of American troops in the country.

Newly elected Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has said he wants Japan to chart a more independent path with the U.S. and review a military realignment agreement forged between the U.S. and the previous Liberal Democratic Party government, which was soundly thumped in August elections.

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