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U.S. urges Japan to shoulder greater burden for hosting American troops

  • July 29, 2021
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Kyodo News cited diplomatic sources as saying on Wednesday that the United States has urged Japan to shoulder more for hosting American troops during preparatory talks on a fresh cost-sharing agreement from fiscal 2022 and onward. The two allies will launch full-fledged working-level talks in early August in the United States to conclude the multiyear agreement as Tokyo seeks to convince Washington it cannot greatly increase its burden due to strained finances, the sources said. The United States is urging Japan to increase its burden as it seeks to raise the presence of the U.S. military in the Indo-Pacific region in the face of China’s military expansion, according to the sources. The two countries aim to conclude the negotiations by the end of this year, the sources said.

 

Kyodo said Japan will be represented by Arima Yutaka, deputy director general for the Foreign Ministry’s North American Affairs Bureau, and Yamato Taro, deputy director general for defense policy at the Defense Ministry. Donna Welton, senior adviser for security negotiations and agreements at the State Department and former political minister-counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Japan, will continue to take charge under the administration of President Joe Biden.

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