Raising the sum from the total of 980.1 billion yen for the five years through fiscal 2020 that ended in March, Japan's latest agreement with the United States means that Tokyo's so-called host nation support will average out at 211 billion yen per year.
The negotiations over the cost-sharing started following former U.S. President Donald Trump's request that Japan pay and do more for American forces. It is believed that the Trump administration once pushed for Japan's contribution to be quadrupled to $8 billion annually.
Cost-sharing agreements between the two nations are usually signed to cover five-year terms. For fiscal 2021, they settled for a one-year extension of the five-year pact through March this year as their talks were affected by the change of power from Trump to Joe Biden.
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