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ANKARA (Kyodo) Japan’s diplomatic priority is to deepen its alliance with the United States, and resolving the disagreement with Washington over the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan is integral to this goal, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said in a policy speech Monday.

“The No. 1 issue for Japan’s diplomacy is the deepening of the Japan-U.S. alliance,” Okada said, delivering a speech on the diplomatic policy of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s government at the Turkish Foreign Ministry during a two-day visit to the country.

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