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With negotiations on the relocation of a U.S. base in Okinawa snagged, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama revealed Thursday he asked U.S. President Barack Obama for a little faith in his Democratic Party of Japan government.

“I told (Obama) that there are strong feelings” in Okinawa regarding the 2006 agreement on the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Hatoyama said, referring to a conversation he had with Obama during their summit last week in Tokyo.

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