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A series of misunderstandings between Tokyo and Washington over anti-COVID-19 measures taken by U.S. forces continues to reverberate over a month after a cluster of infections emerged at an American base in Okinawa Prefecture.

“There was a difference in understanding between the two sides,” Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said at a news conference Friday while discussing whether Tokyo was notified of a change late last year in the U.S. military’s COVID-19 policy. “We’ll cooperate more closely to prevent such a situation in the future.”

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