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CRS issues report on U.S.-Japan talks on host nation support, trade

Ryukyu Shimpo took up a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on U.S.-Japan relations that was issued on April 29. The paper wrote that by pointing out that the U.S. and Japanese governments will launch negotiations on Japan’s host nation support for U.S. forces and the “second stage” of their trade talks this year, the CRS report said: “Despite their shared security concerns and the personal rapport that has developed between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump, significant policy differences between Washington and Tokyo have emerged…. With an eye on the troubled Special Measures Agreement (SMA) negotiations with South Korea, analysts predict that the Trump Administration will demand significant increases in Japan’s contribution, and that the SMA negotiations could become entangled with the two sides’ trade talks.” Referring to this notion, the paper wrote that the report predicted difficulties in the upcoming talks between Washington and Tokyo. Concerning the construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility at Henoko, the CRS report wrote: “A longstanding effort to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa continues to face steep challenges.”

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