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Japan approves unchanged U.S. troop hosting cost for FY 2021

TOKYO, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Diet on Wednesday approved an accord with Washington to extend Tokyo's hosting of U.S. forces in Japan for one year with Tokyo's share of the cost remaining largely unchanged.

The deal between Tokyo and Washington for Japan to host U.S. forces, which was due to expire this fiscal year at the end of March, is agreed every five years.

Japan's share of the cost will be 201.7 billion yen (1.83 billion U.S. dollars) in the year starting next April, with the amount roughly the same as the previous year.

Both sides agreed in February to provisionally keep Japan's share of the hosting costs at around 200 billion yen to finance around 55,000 U.S. military personnel who are stationed at bases in Japan.

Japan, in negotiations over the costs, was keen to keep the amount the same as the previous year due to its economic and fiscal predicament.

In the latest deal, Japan will cover the costs of 23,000 base workers' wages which adds up to about 1.4 billion U.S. dollars. Utility costs to be shouldered by Japan, meanwhile, will cost around 211 million U.S. dollars under the agreement for fiscal 2021.

[ Editor: WXL ]