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U.S. reportedly calls for increase in Japan’s host nation support

  • November 18, 2021
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei
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Yomiuri asserted that the Biden administration is pressing the GOJ to ramp up Japan’s financial contribution for stationing U.S. troops in Japan, saying that Tokyo remains cautious about the alleged U.S. request. Instead of sharply increasing host nation support, Japan is reportedly inclined to spend more money on items that can enhance its national security, such as facilitating training exercises in Japan by the U.S. military. The paper projected that HNS talks will pick up momentum next month in the run-up to Japan’s compilation of its FY2022 defense budget. Sankei claimed, however, that Japan is likely to heed a U.S. request for an increase in the HNS budget, projecting that an agreement on the five-year spending program beginning FY2022 will be forged by the end of this year.

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