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Hmm. Last week it was the Secretary of State visiting Tokyo, this week it’s the Japanese Defense Minister at the Pentagon, and now apparently Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and President Barack Obama will be having a phone conversation sometime later this week.

The article at the Japan Times is short, so I’ll just reproduce the whole thing.

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will speak with U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, possibly Thursday, to facilitate the plan to relocate the Futenma air base within Okinawa Prefecture, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

Ahead of the talks, the two governments may release a statement Thursday centering on agreements to build a replacement facility for the airfield in the Henoko district in Nago near Camp Schwab and to reach a decision on the relocation plan by September, the sources said.

Hatoyama, who vowed to move Futenma out of the prefecture, is expected to hold a news conference Friday and release a statement emphasizing the government’s efforts to reduce the base burden on Okinawa’s residents. (The Japan Times/Kyodo)

Again, what’s up?

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