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Japan commits 1.2 billion dollars a year for US forces

Japan pledged to provide 1.2 billion dollars annually over the next two years to help the United States station troops here amid fresh controversy over the US military presence. Local leaders are campaigning against a bilateral deal on the realignment of US forces, pushing for the pullout of more troops. “The US-Japanese alliance is strong and remains a foundation of Asia’s secure peace,” said US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, who signed the funding agreement with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso. “We appreciate Japan’s support for American forces based in Japan and increasing Japanese involvement in helping to promote peace and democracy around the world, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Zoellick said in a statement. Full Story

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