: Classifieds : MyJU :
Stories: News
Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

Japan to spend $1.2 billion on troop stationing costs

Date Posted: 2006-01-27

The cost of stationing nearly 50,000 American troops in Japan will be mostly covered by a new agreement from Tokyo’s central government.

The deal was signed Monday by Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick for the U.S., and Foreign Minister Taro Aso for Japan. The agreement, which locks in an amount roughly the same as Japan contributed in 2004 to maintain the U.S. military presence in the country, covers the costs of 85% of utility costs on the bases, and includes paying salaries of more than 23,000 local national employees on the bases.

U.S. forces are stationed in Japan under a mutual security pact dating back over a decade. Japan is America’s principal Asian ally, but internal issues have caused Japanese to balk and complain at its government supporting the Iraq operations. Japan currently has troops in Iraq as part of a humanitarian, non-combat mission.

The new agreement comes even as there is discord within Japan’s prefectures about support for American forces. Tokyo and Washington last October agreed to a massive realignment of U.S. troops and equipment here and on the mainland, including relocating some 7,000 Marines from Okinawa. The plan also called for replacing the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk with a nuclear powered carrier within a decade.

That plan is controversial, as is one to relocate Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to northern Okinawa, on Camp Schwab. There is heavy opposition to the plan, which the two governments insist must be accepted totally in March.

Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

weather currency health and beauty restaurants Yellowpages JU Blog

JU FacebookOkistyleOkistyle

Go to advertising PDF?||?|o?L?qAE?|?}?OA?N?ga`OkiStyle?A??q?qM?oeu^?I`??N?gX?<eth>?<ETH>?ni^?IWanted!!Golden Kings ScheduleOkiNightSeeker