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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Japan on Wednesday on a mission to smooth tensions created by rape allegations against two U.S. service members and to try to jump-start stalled North Korean nuclear talks.

Rice's whirlwind visit includes meetings with Japan's prime minister, defense minister and foreign minister.

Emotions have run high against the U.S. military -- mostly located on the Japanese island of Okinawa -- after the arrest of a U.S. Marine in the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Japanese girl as well as allegations that a U.S. Army employee raped a Filipino woman. Read full article »

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