Japan to Spend Over 1 T. Yen for U.S. Forces Over 5 Years
Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Tuesday agreed to provide 1,055.1 billion yen to host U.S. forces in the country through the five years from fiscal 2022, which starts next April, or 211 billion yen a year on average.
The total was up 46.6 billion yen compared with the previous level as Japan accepted a request from the United States to raise the amount.
Japan will spend less on costs indirectly related to operating U.S. forces. The country will newly finance U.S. forces' procurement of training equipment for strengthening deterrence and response capabilities, in an apparent effort to counter the perceived military threat from China.
The two countries "agreed to build a foundation to further strengthen the alliance," Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told a press conference, describing the expenses as a "budget to strengthen the alliance."
Hayashi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken are likely to sign the agreement on the sidelines of a meeting of Japanese and U.S. foreign and defense ministers, expected to take place on Jan. 7.
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