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Defense Minister Kono says talks on cost of stationing U.S. forces to begin in early autumn

  • January 22, 2020
  • , Asahi
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Asahi wrote that Defense Minister Kono said at a news conference on Tuesday that U.S.-Japan negotiations on the five-year cost sharing agreement for the stationing of U.S. forces from fiscal 2021 will probably start in early autumn. Noting that the current agreement is set to expire in March 2021, the paper interpreted Kono’s statement to mean that the two nations will start full-scale negotiations after the summer. The paper wrote that Kono also said Japan’s current share of the cost is appropriate and he believes the United States holds the same view.

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