The Japanese parliament, by a majority vote, extended the allocation of funds for the maintenance of American military bases in the country for another year. According to the Kyodo agency, in the future, Tokyo and Washington plan to agree on the maintenance of Americans in 2022.
Japanese parliamentarians approved the distribution of expenses for the maintenance of American military bases in the country for the 2021 fiscal year (from April 1, 2021). The expenses to be borne by the Japanese side will amount to 201,7 billion yen (about 1,9 billion dollars). This amount is equal to the expenses spent on similar expenses last year.
This includes all utility costs associated with American bases, as well as salaries for salaried civilian personnel working at the facilities.
In February of this year, Tokyo and Washington formally signed an agreement to extend the conditions of detention of American bases located in the country for another year.
Earlier it was reported that the United States was trying to shift to Japan a significant share of the costs of maintaining the American military contingent in Japanese territory. According to former adviser John Bolton, former US President Donald Trump demanded that Tokyo spend up to $ 8 billion a year to "protect Japan from attack."
Earlier, the commander of the American military group in Japan, Lieutenant General Jerry Martinez, said that the United States did not intend to place its military bases on the South Kuril Islands after their transfer to Japan.