Cost-Sharing Talks for U.S. Forces in Japan to Begin in Aug.

Politics

Tokyo, July 30 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and U.S. governments are planning to hold working-level talks on Japan's host-nation financial support for U.S. military bases in the country early next month, according to informed sources.

Tokyo and Washington are looking to hold the meeting in the United States to discuss the amount of expenses that will be shouldered by Japan over multiple years from fiscal 2022 to host the U.S. bases and troops in the Asian nation, the sources said Thursday. The U.S. side is expected to ask for an increase in such cost burden.

The meeting will mark the start of full-fledged talks on the matter by the two countries, which aim to come to a conclusion by the end of this year.

The amount of Japan's host-nation support is determined by a special bilateral pact, which had been renewed every five years based on the results of Japan-U.S. negotiations.

The two countries extended the latest pact, initially set to cover the five years through fiscal 2020, by a year, agreeing that Japan would shoulder roughly the same amount in yearly expenses of around 200 billion yen in fiscal 2021 as in the year before.

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