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Japan's PM Yoshihiko Noda visiting the US to boost ties.

Washington, April 30 (BNA) --- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is meeting United States President Barack Obama in Washington to boost the alliance between the two countries.

His visit comes amid tension over North Korea's recent rocket launch and just days after both nations announced a new deal over US troops in Okinawa - a controversial issue between the allies.

Under the agreement, the US will move some 9,000 Marines out of Japan, BBC reported.

The two countries would also consider setting up joint training bases.

The first permanent joint bases could be established in Guam or the nearby Northern Mariana Islands.

This would mean an expansion of Tokyo's role in regional security and be hugely symbolic for Japan, which has been in a pacifist role since the end of World War II, analysts say.


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Date:Apr 30, 2012
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