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Japan and U.S. wrap up preparatory talks on costs of hosting American troops, $8 billion annually asked by US

  • Oct 17, 2020
Japanese and U.S. officials affirmed the importance of the two countries’ alliance for stability in the Asia-Pacific region as they wrapped up two days of preparatory talks Friday over updating the bilateral defense cost-sharing agreement, the Japanese government said.

Struggling to improve its fiscal condition, Tokyo is wary that Washington will pressure it to significantly increase its contribution to host American troops in Japan.


“We think that the current sharing of expenses to host U.S. military in Japan, based on the agreement between the Japanese and U.S. governments, is appropriate,” Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told a news conference earlier Friday.

“We intend to proceed with negotiations by taking into account the regional security environment, which is increasingly severe, and our country’s strained fiscal situation,” he said.

Japan and the United States need to renegotiate Tokyo’s budget for hosting the U.S. military in the five years from April 2021 in place of the current deal, which expires in March.


Japan shoulders nearly ¥200 billion ($1.9 billion) annually for on-base utility fees, civilian labor costs and expenses related to relocating military drills.

In return, around 54,000 American troops stationed in Japan under a decades-old security treaty are obligated to protect the country’s ally in a region where China is increasing its military clout and North Korea is developing nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.

In the meetings held via videoconference, Yutaka Arima, deputy director-general for North American affairs at the Foreign Ministry, and Taro Yamato, deputy director-general for defense policy at the Defense Ministry, took part from Japan, while Donna Welton, senior adviser for security negotiations and agreements at the State Department participated from the United States, according to the Foreign Ministry.

With the U.S. presidential elections only a few weeks away and the deadline for drafting of Japan’s initial budget for fiscal 2021 looming in December, the two countries may opt to sign a tentative one-year deal instead of the usual five-year arrangement, a source close to the matter said earlier.

Full-fledged talks are expected to begin after the Nov. 3 presidential election.

U.S. President Donald Trump has pressured Tokyo to significantly increase its contribution, saying the alliance as one-sided.

According to a book released this year by Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton, the U.S. president has asked Japan to quadruple its contribution to $8 billion annually.

 

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US wants to have its troops posting all around the world, but US doesn't want spend their own money to support them.
Feeling sorry for slave countries, having to pay and support the occupiers of their own lands.
 

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8 billion bucks to start. After that it grows to double digits as funds will be diverted to other bases outside Japan.
 

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US wants to have its troops posting all around the world, but US doesn't want spend their own money to support them.
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Then who is doing the fighting? You guys talk about India is the puppet of America and would do all the fighting and dying, yet you have American troops close to China within reach. And doesn't China not want Japan being militarized?
 

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US wants to have its troops posting all around the world, but US doesn't want spend their own money to support them.
Feeling sorry for slave countries, having to pay and support the occupiers of their own lands.
Japan is a defeated country and should pay the occupation forces there to keep them under control.
 

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Then who is doing the fighting? You guys talk about India is the puppet of America and would do all the fighting and dying, yet you have American troops close to China within reach. And doesn't China not want Japan being militarized?
Japan is already the stigma indosed "militarized". That happened when the constitution was reinterpreted in 2014, new defense bills being drawn up based on that reinterpretation and passed thus becoming law in 2015, and those new laws entering into effect in 2016.
 

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US wants to have its troops posting all around the world, but US doesn't want spend their own money to support them.
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When any country is surrounded by a rising dragon no country can be without tensions and brings alleys and friends to secure its interest.
 

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Next is India in line. India can pay 80 billion annually to Murica for stationing its troops. India is a rich country.
 

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Isn't the American military based in Okinawa island disliked by the Okinawa locals ?
 

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Isn't the American military based in Okinawa island disliked by the Okinawa locals ?
There's room for improvement on the US side. But of the problem though is the strategic location Okinawa is cursed with. But if the base transfer from Futenma to Henoko could go uninterrupted, than a large US base in the middle of a residential area might already have been moved out. The bases of Futenma and Kadena were there before the large residential area. With the residential build up all around the bases, they sort of got themselves into a life style of helicopters and jets always flying over head. But because of the strategic location, even if the US at Okinawa were to leave, then Japanese forces would have to fill in place. Although Japanese forces probably would be a little better to the local community. Even if the great majority of US personnel come to Okinawa with good intentions in doing their job, there's going to be a few that are not fit for going abroad.
When any country is surrounded by a rising dragon no country can be without tensions and brings alleys and friends to secure its interest.
Very much so.

Even if Okinawa was to become an independent country like the Pro-CCP China posters like to say, then any imagined Ryukyu country would still need to form defense relations with Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, and so on, anyway. So from the perspective of PRC strategy, even if Ryukyu was to become independent, the strategic situation changes little.
 

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