TOKYO: The United States and Japan held talks on Tuesday over relocating an American military base but made little progress on resolving a row that has strained ties between the allies, officials said.
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama suggested he would follow any decision by the working group, which includes Japan's foreign and defence ministers as well as US ambassador John Roos and US Assistant Secretary of Defence Wallace Gregson.
"Once a conclusion is reached after talks between Japan and America, I think it should obviously be accepted as the decision that carries the most weight," Hatoyama told reporters.
Little "visible progress" was made in their first gathering, with the US side pushing for the existing plan to be implemented, a Japanese official said.
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Source: Agence France Presse (through Channel NewsAsia), "Japan, US officials meet over base row", November 17, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1018828/1/.h...