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Japan greenlights $8.6bn to host U.S. troops

Five-year spending agreement includes advanced training tech

U.S. soldiers walk past a C-130 transport plane at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's upper house on Friday passed a new agreement with the U.S. to spend 1.05 trillion yen ($8.6 billion) over five years on hosting American military personnel here.

The average yearly outlays of 211 billion yen will top the fiscal 2021 allocation by about 10 billion yen. The money will go toward compensation for Japanese employees at U.S. bases, as well as utility bills. Japan will also shoulder costs for moving American training exercises. The agreement cleared the lower house this month.

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