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Japan, U.S. to forgo reaching agreement on host nation support by year-end

  • December 17, 2020
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NHK reported this morning that the U.S. and Japan have decided to forgo reaching an agreement by year-end on Japan’s share of the cost of hosting U.S. forces. The network said although the Japanese side had been hoping to reach a one-year provisional agreement with the U.S. given that the U.S. government is currently in transition, the two sides failed to find common ground as the U.S. side has demanded an increase in Japan’s share. According to the network, Tokyo is planning to tentatively allocate about 200 billion yen in the FY2021 budget for host nation support, the same amount as this year, ahead of its negotiations with the incoming Biden administration. The network added that the two nations usually reach an agreement on host nation support in December when Japan’s budget for the next fiscal year is decided, and it is extremely rare for the negotiations to be carried over to the next year.

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