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International relations

Japan squeezed on US military base funding in election year

Tokyo says current contribution to hosting costs is already close to limit

American planes at the Tokyo-area Yokota Air Base: Japan already covers a larger share of the cost of hosting U.S. troops than other countries. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japan has wrapped up two days of negotiations with the U.S. on cost-sharing for American forces stationed here, with Tokyo arguing that it has little room to go higher in response to Washington's pressure for more money.

This marked the first round of talks on the next five-year agreement on host-nation support, to begin in fiscal 2021.

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