Minister of Defense Toshimi Kitazawa held talks today with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Pentagon.

Reuters mentioned North Korea in the headline and the bulk of the article, with the Chinese Navy’s recent activity in the Miyakojima Strait and Futenma tying for second place.

The Mainichi Daily News concentrates on the Futenma issue, but also touches on North Korea and China. The Mainichi also said:

The defense secretary also thanked Kitazawa for Tokyo’s support on sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions and asked for Japan’s continued cooperation on the matter at the United Nations.

They also agreed to explore additional ways to strengthen and deepen the Japan-U.S. alliance this year on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the bilateral security pact, through more exchanges and intensified dialogues, the Pentagon said.

Interesting that the Japanese Defense Minister would visit the Pentagon so soon after Hatoyama was forced to capitulate on the basing issue. Secretary of State Clinton was just in Tokyo last week. You would think that the Obama Administration would have paid this much attention to Hatoyama before he had been publicly humiliated, not after.

I wonder what’s up?

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