NHK reported online that in response to a U.S. media report claiming that a senior Trump administration official asked the Japanese government to pay four times as much as it currently spends on stationing U.S. troops, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga denied the report at a news conference this morning. The network reported that according to the U.S. media story, a senior Trump administration official demanded in July that Japan quadruple its current spending to $8 billion per annum. Suga said the report is untrue. He also said the special measures agreement on Japan’s host nation support will be in effect until March 2021 and the United States and Japan have not yet begun negotiations on a new agreement. He added that the cost of stationing U.S. troops in Japan is appropriately shared based on the agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments.