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Japan and the United States are unlikely to reach a revised agreement on the relocation of the Futenma air station in Okinawa by the time President Barack Obama visits Tokyo next month, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said Tuesday.

Kitazawa commented as a senior U.S. official called Monday for “real progress” in bilateral talks on the issue in preparation for Obama’s visit, following the stance taken by the new administration seeking to move the air station outside Okinawa, not within the prefecture as stipulated in a 2006 bilateral accord.

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