Tokyo trims funding for US forces in Japan

Japan and the United States ended a dispute over Tokyo’s funding of U.S. bases on Wednesday by agreeing on a small cut starting in 2009, Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said. Negotiations over “host nation support” had been tough, with deeply indebted Japan keen to slash its $1.3 billion contribution to the upkeep of bases on its soil. But Tokyo settled for a cut of only around $3.6 million. Full Story

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