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Japan, U.S. negotiations on host nation support likely to be tough 

Mainichi wrote that the governments of the United States and Japan are planning to begin discussions on their Special Measures Agreement on Japan’s financial contribution to hosting U.S. forces beyond fiscal 2021. Speculating that the results of the U.S. presidential election in November will have a major impact on the upcoming bilateral discussions and that the talks could be delayed due to post-election politics in Washington, the paper wrote that the negotiations between the two nations on the issue are likely to be tough. The paper also wrote that the GOJ is hoping to reach an agreement on Japan’s host nation support for the period from fiscal 2021 through 2025 by the end of this year and approve the accord in the ordinary Diet session to be convened in January. However, the paper quoted a source connected with the Foreign Ministry as saying that a one-year provisional agreement could be an option if the two governments cannot hold substantial discussions this year. The paper wrote that although Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told reporters on Tuesday that it is not appropriate to talk about how Japan plans to proceed with the negotiations, the United States and Japan agreed in 2005 to simply extend the accord for two years and held in 2007 substantial discussions to cover the remaining three years. 

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