The Japanese government is making arrangements to earmark about 200 billion yen in the fiscal 2021 budget for host nation support, almost the same as in fiscal 2020. The amount of host nation support has not been finalized yet due to stalled negotiations with the U.S. It is rare for the government to allocate funds in the budget without reaching an agreement.
The special pact that designates host nation support and other expenses is set to expire at the end of March next year. The Japanese government has been aiming to clinch a deal before the fiscal 2021 budget is compiled by the end of this month. But as the U.S. side is demanding a significant increase, it is becoming difficult to find common ground. Because of this, the government is considering allocating a provisional amount in the budget first and allocating the remainder of the actual amount that will be agreed upon later in the supplementary budget.