Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada in US for Okinawa Base Talks

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada arrived Sunday in the United States for talks on a controversial US military base that has clouded relations between the close allies, officials said.

Okada was to hold talks with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday before traveling on to Canada for a meeting of Group of Eight foreign ministers, where Okada was to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On Sunday, Okada was expected to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery alongside a US official, a frequent gesture between the former World War II foes, officials said.

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