Japan will pay $ 1.9 billion next year for the 55,000 U.S. troops based there after Trump tried to quadruple the payment.
Japan and the United States have agreed to extend an agreement for one year on how much Toyko pays for the maintenance of U.S. military bases on its soil, as they continue negotiations on a new pact.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi made the announcement on Wednesday.
The current five-year deal was slated to end after March 2021, but will now run until March 2022, with Japan expected to pay around $ 1.9 billion during that time. The two governments are expected to sign the agreement soon, Kyodo news agency reported.
The deal comes after former President Donald Trump reportedly increased pressure on Tokyo to quadruple its payments for US troops to $ 8 billion.
The campaign was part of Trump’s larger effort to pressure allies to increase defense spending, with the former president saying the Tokyo deal was one-sided.
There are currently approximately 55,000 US troops stationed in Japan. This includes the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet and its permanently deployed Carrier Strike Group, as well as the Third Marine Expeditionary Force.
As part of “host nation support,” countries hosting US military installations bear some of the costs of training, manpower, and logistics.
In addition to defending key ally Japan, US military units use the archipelago as a base of operations in the wider Asia-Pacific region, where US military might has sought to counteract China’s growing influence.
The Biden administration has sought to shift from the Trump administration’s adversarial approach to U.S. allies and their defense commitments.
Specifically, in early February, the administration froze the withdrawal of Trump’s troops from Germany, the headquarters of US European Command and US Africa Command.
The plan aimed to move the headquarters and withdraw some 11,900 troops, but surprised European allies and US military officials.