Hillary to meet Japanese FM on Friday

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet her Japanese counterpart on Friday amid a row over the planned relocation of a controversial US base in Japan, the State Department said.

Updated: Nov 01, 2009, 09:51 AM IST

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet her Japanese counterpart on Friday amid a row over the planned relocation of a controversial US base in Japan, the State Department said.
Hillary`s talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, confirmed by a State Department official, comes ahead of US President Barack Obama`s first official visit to Japan on November 12-13.

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who took power in September, has pledged to review a 2006 agreement to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Base from an urban to a coastal part of the southern island of Okinawa.

Hatoyama has suggested the base -- which has angered residents because of aircraft noise and friction with US servicemen -- could be moved off the island altogether, a move Washington has strongly opposed.

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has bluntly pressed Washington`s key ally to "move on" quickly with the previously agreed plans to move Futenma operations to the coastal area near the US Camp Schwab site in central Okinawa.

Bureau Report