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GOJ adopts new term to replace “consideration budget”

Kyodo on Saturday highlighted the GOJ’s adoption of a new term, “budget to enhance resilience of the alliance,” for host nation support (HNS), Japan’s share of the cost of stationing U.S. troops. An unnamed senior GOJ official reportedly strongly urged the press earlier this month to stop using the term “consideration budget” on the ground that it is misleading. “Japan regards the U.S.-Japan alliance as the cornerstone [of its foreign and security policy],” the official was quoted as saying. “We fully understand the necessity of the [HNS] budget and bear the costs willingly.” Defense Minister Kishi also stressed that the new term, reportedly coined by someone in the North American Affairs Bureau, represents Tokyo’s resolve to make the alliance more resilient. The report said, however, that even LDP officials are doubtful about the new term, with an unnamed influential member of the party’s defense policy clique saying: “The administration played up its generosity to the United States while underscoring to the Japanese public the necessity of the expenses for the alliance. It spoke with a forked tongue.” Kyodo added that Japan is known for rephrasing military terms in a bid to shape public impressions, explaining that the Imperial Japanese Army described incursions into China as “incidents” while the MSDF’s de facto aircraft carrier is described as an “escort ship carrying helicopters.” The two laws lifting the ban on collective defense that were enacted in 2015 were termed “peace and security legislation.” 



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