From left to right, Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Japan's Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, begin the "2 ... more 
From left to right, Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Japan's Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, begin the "2 plus 2" talks at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Formally known as the United States-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting, the alliance works to ensure the security of Japan and maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By J. Scott Applewhite
Tue, Jun 21, 2011 10:28 AM EDT