The two governments will continue close cooperation, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said.

Japan and the United States have officially signed an agreement to extend the terms of the distribution of costs to maintain American bases in the country for another year. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters at a regular press conference on Wednesday.

“Based on the agreements reached earlier, before this press conference, I signed an agreement with the acting US Ambassador to Japan, Joseph Young,” Motegi said. The head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry also stressed that the two governments would continue close cooperation to strengthen the Japanese-American alliance.

Last week, the governments of Japan and the United States agreed to extend the terms of the distribution of costs to maintain American bases in the country until March 31, 2022 (the end of the next fiscal year in Japan). As Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said at a press conference, “the expenses incurred by the Japanese side in the 2021 fiscal year will amount to 201.7 billion yen (about $1.9 billion).”

Japan’s spending on maintaining US military bases in the fiscal year 2020 (ending March 31, 2021) will amount to 199.3 billion yen (more than $1.8 billion). Japan pays all utility costs associated with these facilities and the salaries of locally hired staff.