HONOLULU — Despite Tuesday’s call by Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to further deepen the bilateral alliance, the disagreement over the relocation of the Futenma air base has strained relations, casting a cloud over possible future accomplishments.

Both the top Japanese and U.S. diplomats spoke highly of the bilateral alliance, saying it has underpinned Asia-Pacific security for the past 50 years.

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