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U.S. allegedly pressed Japan to quadruple spending for hosting troops

  • November 16, 2019
  • , Sankei , Jiji, Kyodo
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Kyodo and Jiji reported on Saturday on a Foreign Policy article claiming that the Trump administration has demanded that Japan pay about four times as much per year for stationing U.S. troops. According to the magazine, then-National Security Advisor Bolton and NSC Asia Director Pottinger filed the request with the Japanese side when they visited Tokyo in July. The local outlets said that the figure, which would amount to roughly $8 billion, perhaps reflects President Trump’s persistent complaint that the host nation support borne by Japan is insufficient. They also said Tokyo is bound to react sharply to what they referred to as an “outrageous demand,” warning that it will damage Japanese sentiment toward America and hence weaken the bilateral alliance.

 

Sunday’s Sankei ran a similar story, quoting an unnamed senior GOJ official as saying: “The U.S. hasn’t made any request. Negotiations [on host nation support] haven’t started yet.” The paper also wrote that an unnamed high-ranking MOFA official said that no concrete figures have been mentioned.

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