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Regarding the Feb. 12 article “U.S. nixes talks with Cheney, Kyuma“: If U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney doesn’t want to meet with Japanese Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma because of Kyuma’s open criticism of the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, why let Cheney meet with the officers under Kyuma’s command when Cheney visits Japan this week?

The relocation of Futenma U.S. Marine base on Okinawa is another moot point yet to be solved between Japan and the United States. Washington wants Tokyo to expedite the Oct. 25, 2005, agreement by all means, even if it diametrically conflicts with Japan’s legal processes and strong local opposition.

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