Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Wednesday, February 24, at a regular press conference announced that Japan and the United States have officially signed an agreement to extend the terms of distribution of costs for the maintenance of American bases in the country for another year.
“On the basis of the agreements reached earlier, before this press conference, I signed an agreement with the acting US Ambassador to Japan, Joseph Young,” TASS quotes him.
The minister added that the governments of the two countries will continue close cooperation aimed at comprehensively strengthening the Japanese-American alliance.
Last week, the governments of Japan and the United States agreed to extend the terms for distributing the costs of maintaining American bases in the country until March 31, 2022. According to Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, the Japanese side will spend 201.7 billion yen (about $ 1.9 billion).
Japan pays all utilities associated with these facilities and also pays salaries to locally hired personnel.
On January 24, the new head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, in a conversation with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, said that the United States was ready to defend the Senkaku Islands, whose territorial affiliation was disputed by China.
These islands are the subject of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. According to Tokyo, they have belonged to Japan since 1895, while in Beijing they claim that on the maps of 1783 and 1785 they are designated as the Chinese territory called Diaoyu.