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U.S. reportedly displeased with Japan’s failure to commit personnel to security operations abroad

  • January 8, 2020
  • , Mainichi
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Mainichi published a prominent inside-page article alleging the Trump administration is applying strong pressure on Japan to increase its financial contribution for hosting U.S. troops. The paper speculated that President Trump and other U.S. officials are insisting on the need for Tokyo to increase host nation support out of frustration with Japan’s insufficient personnel contributions on the security front. The article noted that in order to address Washington’s complaint about the “asymmetrical” nature of the bilateral security alliance, the SDF is keen to deepen operational coordination with the U.S. military by providing “asset protection” and establishing a space unit in alignment with the launch of the U.S. Space Force. 

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