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Clinton spends whirlwind morning

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- A handshake kicked off a hectic day for Hillary Clinton.

It started early at the doorstep of the Ihilani Resort where the Secretary of State held a joint press conference with Japan's Foreign Minister.

"The alliance between the United States and Japan is a cornerstone of America's engagement in the region and essential pillar of the Asia-Pacific security architecture," she said.

Clinton stressed the need to resolve the fate of a controversial U.S. Marine Corps airfield in Japan. Her counterpart got the message but made no commitment.

Next stop was the U.S. Pacific command where Clinton received a briefing from military leaders. The meeting was closed to reporters.

Clinton's morning rounds ended meeting survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, touring the Arizona Memorial and honoring victims of the December 7, 1941, attack.

The water beneath the memorial was symbolic of her western Pacific mission.

"As the President said in Tokyo in November, we are not separated by this great ocean, we are bound by it," she said.

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