Japan and U.S have agreed to Tokyo’s contribution for hosting U.S. military forces to 9.2 Billion dollars over the five-year period from fiscal 2022, which starts in April, government sources said.
Roughly 5% increase in so-called host nation support came in response to calls from the administration of U.S president Joe Biden for the Japanese government to foot more of the cost, given the need for U.S. forces to deal with China.
The two sides have agreed to reduce Tokyo’s financial contribution for utility costs, with the increased amount to be allocated to funding expenses such as maintenance of facilities used by both Japan’s self-Defence Forces and the U.S. military as well as their joint exercise.
The Japanese government is believed to have determined that a certain amount of increase was inevitable given the need to boost the long-standing security alliance while the U.S. forces are mobilizing their most advanced hardware in the region to address China’s rapid military expansion.
The agreement will be signed during a meeting involving the two allies’ defense and foreign ministers set to be held in the U.S in January.
Cost-sharing agreements between Japan and the U.S. are usually signed to cover five-year terms.
But for fiscal 2021, the two countries settled for a one-year extension of a five-year pact that expired in March 2021, as their talks were affected by the transition from Former U.S president Donald Trump.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump had threatened all U.S allies to withdraw its support if they didn’t pay for the security provided by the U.S military, a threat that had caused worries among its allies especially in Germany Europe, South Korea, and Japan.
The increase in defense budget citing China’s increased rapid military build-up won’t go well in Beijing and we expect a response as it regards such military expenditure from Japan as destabilizing sign in the region.
China and Japan have some disagreements in the East China Sea over some uninhabited islands which are claimed by both countries.
Both China and Japan have a robust trade relation which has so far helped in managing their disputes