Consultations on the increase in spending took place in Washington in late November – early December, the newspaper Nikkei notes.
The Japanese government has proposed to Washington to increase the costs associated with the deployment of U.S. military bases in the country to the level of 210-220 billion yen ($1.85-1.94 billion) per year. At the same time, the United States is still insisting on the amount of 250 billion yen ($2.2 billion), the leading Japanese economic newspaper Nikkei reported on Tuesday.
Consultations on the increase in spending took place in Washington in late November and early December. It is expected to work out a final agreement on this matter by the end of the month and reflect it in the Japanese state budget for the 2022 fiscal year (starting April 1, 2022).
In the current fiscal year, Japan has allocated 201.7 billion yen ($1.78 billion) to U.S. military bases. These funds are mainly used to repay utility bills, salaries of local citizens working at the facilities. Tokyo also provides free land for U.S. military bases.
Currently, more than 50 thousand American military personnel, including a marine division, are stationed in Japan. The vast majority of U.S. military facilities are concentrated on the southern island of Okinawa.