TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Sunday he was in no hurry to make a decision on relocating a controversial US military base in Japan before President Barack Obamas visit next month. Speaking to Japanese media in the Thai beach resort of Hua Hin, where he was attending a summit of Asian nations, Hatoyama said: I will make the final decision after listening to a variety of opinions. I dont think I have to hurry up to make the decision before President Obama visits Japan on November 12-13, he said, as quoted by Jiji Press. The issue of the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Base on Okinawa has clouded Japans security ties with its most important ally after Hatoyamas centre-left government took power in September, ending half a century of conservative rule. His government has said it will review a 2006 agreement to move the base from a crowded urban area to a coastal area by 2014, but has also suggested the facility may be moved off Okinawa entirely. Washington has increased pressure on Japan over the issue, with Defence Secretary Robert Gates bluntly telling Tokyo last week to move on quickly with the agreed plan to move the base to a coastal area. Japans Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said Friday the Futenma Air Base should not be moved off Okinawa but could be merged with other US facilities on the island, possibly angering both Washington and residents. Hatoyama said Sunday that Okada had presented only one option that was still being considered. He said moving the base off Okinawa is not still off the table and we are still at the stage of reviewing options. Of course, it will take some time.