Wednesday’s Mainichi led with a report saying it has learned from a GOJ source that the governments of the United States and Japan are making arrangements to increase Japan’s share of the cost of hosting U.S. troops in fiscal 2022 to more than 250 billion yen ($2.17 billion) from 201.7 billion yen ($1.75 billion) in fiscal 2021. The paper wrote that the additional amount of more than 50 billion yen ($434 million) would represent the largest annual increase following the 30.4 billion yen ($246 million) marked in fiscal 1993. The paper speculated that the GOJ is planning to increase its host nation support for American troops based on the judgment that strengthened cooperation with the U.S. forces in Japan is indispensable in light of China’s military buildup. The paper conjectured that although the GOJ has taken a cautious stance on substantially increasing its contribution to the cost of hosting U.S. troops due to its tight budget up until now, it will agree to shoulder a larger share in view of the changing security environment surrounding Japan. The paper noted that Japan’s largest contribution to date was 275.6 billion yen ($2.39 billion) in fiscal 1999 and speculated that the nation may pay more than that in fiscal 2022. Wednesday’s Asahi ran a similar report.