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Japan seeks 1-year deal on US base funding in high-level talks

Prospect of President Biden heralds less pressure than Trump's cost demands

An aircraft maintenance unit at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan: Tokyo covers most utility expenses and staff salaries under host-nation support for the U.S. military. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. have begun formal negotiations on a new cost-sharing agreement for hosting American troops, with Tokyo angling for a one-year interim deal before power changes hands in Washington.

Diplomatic and defense officials from both countries met Monday and Tuesday in Washington to discuss a replacement for the five-year host-nation support agreement expiring at the end of March.

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