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US asks Japan to pay more to host its bases

Saturday, Nov. 16, 0:11

A US magazine says the administration of President Donald Trump has asked Japan to pay a much greater share of the cost to host US military bases.

Foreign Policy reported on Friday that then National Security Advisor John Bolton asked the Japanese government during a trip to Japan in July to pay roughly four times the amount it currently pays each year.

That would mean increasing its payments from 2 billion dollars a year to 8 billion dollars.

The two governments are scheduled to enter into talks next year to renegotiate Japan's payments.

A Japanese government official told NHK that he was unaware of the US request.

The Trump administration has said it wants South Korea to pay five times more than it does now to host US forces.

Some US government officials believe the high demands are simply a negotiating tactic.

Others point out that Japan has already made greater financial contributions than other US allies.

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