Japan To Shoulder More Cost Of Hosting U.S. Military Forces

Japan To Shoulder More Cost Of Hosting U.S. Military Forces

Andrew H. Sweet

Reports said the Japanese government has determined that a certain amount of increase in so-called host nation support is inevitable in light of the need to boost their long-standing security alliance.  The U.S. forces are mobilizing their most advanced hardware in the region to address China's rapid military expansion.

The next focus will be on the extent of the hike, given that the cost for basing American troops in Japan is also rising.

For the current fiscal year through March, the support to cover expenses, such as utilities and wages for Japanese staff at U.S. military bases, was budgeted at 201.7 billion yen ($1.79 billion).

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