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Japan, U.S. sign accord on base-hosting costs

  • January 7, 2022
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Japan and the United States have signed an agreement to raise Tokyo’s expenses for hosting US forces in the country to a five-year total of 1 trillion 55 billion yen, or around 9.1 billion dollars.

 

Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and the US Charge d’Affaires ad interim in Japan, Raymond Greene, signed the accord on Friday. The existing one expires at the end of March.

 

The two countries agreed that Japan will pay approximately 1.8 billion dollars per year over a five-year period from the fiscal year that begins in April. The annual average will be up around 86 million dollars from fiscal 2021.

 

The agreement serves as a basis for Japan’s expenditure, which covers utility bills and the salaries of employees at US bases as well as the costs for transferring US military drills.

 

The two countries plan to gradually reduce Japan’s spending for utility bills while adding new charges for the Japan-US joint exercises.

 

Japan’s base-hosting budget has been widely referred to as “omoiyari yosan,” or a considerate budget.

But the Japanese government is now referring to an “alliance-solidifying budget” in the hope of beefing up the bilateral partnership.

 

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