It’s Final – U.S. Military Forces Will Remain in Japan For Long

Japan’s parliament on Thursday ratified a new treaty on host-nation financial support for U.S. forces in the country.

The treaty was approved at plenary sessions of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors by majority votes from all parties except the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party.

It will come into force Friday, the beginning of Japan’s fiscal 2011, following an exchange of notes between the Japanese and U.S. governments.

The treaty forms the legal basis on costs Japan covers as host to U.S. military forces. These include labor costs at U.S. bases and the U.S. military’s utility bills. The treaty’s term was extended to five years from the current three.

Total Japanese support including facility maintenance costs, which are not covered by the new pact, will be kept at the fiscal 2010 level of 188.1 billion yen for the five-year period.

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