The Japanese and American governments began working negotiations on the funding of US troops stationed in Japan

On October 16, Tokyo, Japan and the U.S. government held working negotiations on the issue of funding for the US military presence in Japan in the next five years on October 15 and 16. Due to the impact of the new coronation epidemic, the negotiation between Japan and the United States on the cost of US troops stationed in Japan was conducted in the form of video conference. Since Japan needs to prepare the 2021 annual budget before December, Japan intends to sign a tentative one-year agreement with the United States. The content of the negotiation involves the cost of water, electricity and gas, labor cost of staff, training transfer fee, etc. According to the special agreement signed by the Japanese and US governments in December 2015, Japan will be responsible for a total of 946.5 billion yen of US troops stationed in Japan from 2016 to 2020. The agreement will expire at the end of March 2021, and the two countries need to sign a new agreement. According to reports, former US president’s national security affairs assistant Bolton wrote in his memoir that President trump plans to require Japan to shoulder 8 billion US dollars annually for US troops stationed in Japan. As the US presidential election is about to begin, Japan has decided to wait and see the development of the situation and take a cautious attitude towards substantially increasing the funding of US troops stationed in Japan. The formal talks between the two sides on the apportionment of US military funds in Japan will begin after the end of the US presidential election. Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Kato Shinzo Kato, said on the 16th that the US military stationed in Japan is the core element of the security system of Japan and the United States, involving the funding problem of the US military stationed in Japan in the next five years, will be appropriately dealt with based on the country’s severe financial situation.