• Kyodo


Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton affirmed tieups Wednesday in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, with Clinton welcoming Japan’s new aid plan for the country worth $5 billion.

Okada told reporters after meeting with Clinton in Singapore that the two also agreed to reach a bilateral conclusion on the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa “as quickly as possible” through a new ministerial-level working group set up Tuesday.

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