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Japan says it already pays enough for US troops

Japan says it already pays enough for US troops

Mexico Trump World ReactionTOKYO (AP) — The latest on world reaction to the U.S. presidential election (all times local):
3:30 p.m.
Japan’s defense minister says his country already pays enough for U.S. troops based there, a response to repeated demands by President-elect Donald Trump that countries hosting American forces should pay more.
Trump’s remarks during the election campaign have raised concern in Japan about a possibility his administration may seek Japan’s increased spending for American forces.
Defense Minister Tomomi Inada stressed that the presence of U.S. troops in Japan serves as a key deterrence in the Asia-Pacific region and they should stay.
Japan pays about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion) a year – or about 70 percent – in so-called host-nation support for 50,000 U.S. troops.
Inada said Friday: “I believe it’s enough. We pay what we are supposed to cover.”

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