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International relations

Host nation support: We already pay substantially, Japan lawmakers say

Masahisa Sato: 'keep current level'; Go Shinohara: 'NATO members pay less'

The crew chief of a U.S. Air Force UH-1N Huey helicopter scans the area during a training mission near Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. are negotiating the thorny issue of how much financial burden Tokyo should carry for hosting American troops. But with Japan already shouldering 80% of the cost, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are opposed to taking on more of the bill.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump wanted Tokyo to pay $8 billion a year, roughly four times the current sum, according to former national security adviser John Bolton's memoir.

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