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International relations

US and Japan to start contentious talks over host-nation support

Tokyo weighs contribution to satellite project to counter Washington pressure

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III prepares for takeoff at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. are set to begin a twice-a-decade negotiation over host-nation support -- Tokyo's share of the cost of hosting American troops -- amid unprecedented pressure from the Trump administration for allies to pay more.

Senior foreign and defense ministry officials from the two countries are slated to meet by videoconference as early as this week. Up for discussion is the burden sharing for the five-year period beginning in fiscal 2021, with the aim being to reach a new deal by year-end.

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