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Japan pays $18 million per year in rent for vacant U.S. military housing units

Tokyo Shimbun wrote that the Japanese government allocates about $18 million annually to rent land for the U.S. military’s Negishi housing area in Yokohama, noting that since almost all of the housing units have been vacant since 2015, critics are calling the expenditure a waste of taxpayer money. The article said that although the return of the housing complex was agreed upon in 2004 in exchange for the construction of new housing units in the city’s Ikego district, the reversion has been stalled on account of strong local opposition to constructing new facilities at the Ikego housing area. At present, no Americans are living at the Negishi housing area. The land has been leased by the Japanese government in accordance with SOFA provisions.  

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