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A Pentagon advisor and national defense expert says the recent revelation that North Korea was responsible for the sinking of a South Korean warship has compelled Japan to rethink its national security policy.

Tensions over North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship are serious enough to have prompted Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to break a campaign promise. He had pledged to close the U.S. Marine base in Okinawa, but he now says he has decided to keep Marine Corps Air Station located on the strategically important island, which is close to Taiwan and the Chinese mainland and not far from the Korean peninsula.

The island hosts more than half the 47,000 American troops in Japan under a mutual security pact.  Read More>>>>>>>