The Japanese government allocated a total of 764.2 billion yen in the budget for fiscal 2016 to cover costs related to the stationing of U.S. forces in Japan, a source familiar with the mater revealed. This topped the previous record set in fiscal 2015. The amount was 36.4 billion yen greater than the record 727.8 billion yen earmarked in fiscal 2015. Akahata calculated figures based on a document that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented to House of Representatives member Seiken Akamine of the Japanese Communist Party.
Of the outlays for the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, a project to build a new facility in Henoko, Nago, saw a steep increase in spending. In fiscal 2016, the government allocated 59.5 billion yen, which is up 32.4 billion yen from 27.1 billion yen earmarked in fiscal 2015. The amount is tenfold greater than 5.7 billion yen allocated in fiscal 2014. (Abridged)