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Japan weighs delaying US base funding deal until Biden takes office

Some Tokyo officials want to continue talks with new administration

A guided-missile destroyer at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka. Japan contributes to utilities and wages at American military bases in the country under the existing agreement on host-nation support.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As delayed negotiations on a cost-sharing deal for American troops in Japan begin, some Japanese officials favor putting off an agreement until after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January, Nikkei has learned.

Tokyo aims to reach some sort of deal by the end of the year, so the new terms can be reflected in the 2021 fiscal year starting in April.

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