Nikkei wrote that the GOJ has decided to forgo its goal of reaching a one-year provisional agreement with the United States by year-end on Japan’s share of the cost of hosting U.S. forces in Japan for fiscal 2021. The paper speculated that Tokyo will seek an agreement with Washington after assessing the security policy adopted by the Biden administration scheduled to be launched in January. According to a source connected with U.S.-Japan negotiations on host nation support, the two nations are unlikely to seal a deal this month because their talks have run into difficulties. A senior GOJ official reportedly said that it will probably be better for Japan to negotiate with the Biden administration, which places importance on alliance relations, than with the Trump administration, which has called for a significant increase in Japan’s share of the cost.
Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Sankei ran similar reports, adding that the GOJ is making arrangements to earmark about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion), almost the same amount as this year, in the fiscal 2021 budget for host nation support.