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U.S., Japan extend $1.9 billion deal to cover costs of American troops

Washington and Tokyo finalized a $1.9 billion deal this week to cover the costs of the roughly 55,000 American troops stationed in Japan.

The deal extends the present U.S.-Japan association for one more 12 months, by March 2022, in accordance to Japan‘s Kyodo News. The subsequent annual cost of about $1.9 billion is identical as previous years, and the settlement seemingly ends a earlier push by the U.S., beneath the management of former President Trump, to dramatically enhance the determine.

“This shows the two countries’ strong commitment to the bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance and enhances the credibility of the alliance,” Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi mentioned Wednesday.

The Biden administration nonetheless may have to hammer out a long-term deal with Japan earlier than the extension expires in March 2022. The presence of American forces within the Pacific — together with in Japan and in South Korea, amongst different locations — is particularly essential given rising tensions between the U.S. and China.

In 2019, former President Trump reportedly requested Japan to enhance its annual cost to $8 billion. That effort got here amid Mr. Trump’s broader push to cajole allies into paying extra to have U.S. troops stationed inside their borders.

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