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New Special Measures Agreement in effect

Date Posted: 2008-05-09

A new bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Japan is in effect, restoring the system in which Japan provides financial support to American military bases.

The 140 billion agreement, which went into effect May 1st, runs through 2010. The earlier agreement expired the end of March, and a new agreement had been stalled by opposition leaders in the House of Councilors. The opposition lawmakers had voted against the new measure, charging it included money for hiring employees for morale, welfare and recreation facilities such as bowling alleys and clubs, instead of for maintaining bases.

The agreement, approved by the House of Representatives in early April, after Japanese law was invoked that gives the Lower House precedence under the Constitution over House of Councilors rulings.

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