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Japan will increase U.S. troop support -- but not for bowling alleys

Tokyo asks that funds go to joint drills and strengthening the alliance

Japan is ready to pay more for joint training exercises like this one on Amami-Oshima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, in July 2021.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan has begun preparation to increase host-nation support for the American forces stationed in the country beginning next year, Nikkei has learned.

But instead of having the additional funds go to covering utility charges at military bases, the Japanese side will ask the U.S. to use the increased amount for joint training and other expenditures that would strengthen the alliance.

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