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Mondale remembered as a statesman who listened to Okinawa

Vice president-turned-diplomat pushed for return of Futenma base

TOKYO -- Serving as U.S. ambassador to Japan, Walter Mondale did not fully trust reports supplied by Japanese officials. Instead, he insisted on going to places and talking to people himself to understand issues.

That compassionate approach was most evident when the U.S. announced in 1996 that the Futenma air base would be returned to Okinawa.

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