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A senior U.S. Defense Department official said Tuesday that if the Japanese government presents by the end of this year a key report to Okinawa on relocating a U.S. base within the prefecture, it could lead to a flexible response by Congress, which on Monday cut all fiscal 2012 funding for transferring Okinawa-based U.S. Marines to Guam.

Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, also said in a meeting in Washington with Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Nobuteru Ishihara that the United States can deliver F-35 stealth fighters to Japan based on the planned schedule, allaying concerns of possible delays in the development of the aircraft, LDP members said.

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