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Japan’s financial support for U.S. forces stationed in the country is at an “appropriate” level under a bilateral agreement, the nation’s top government spokesman said Wednesday, after remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that it should be increased.

Tokyo earmarked about ¥197.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in the current fiscal year through March for what is known as “host-nation” support, which covers costs for base workers, utilities and other items. As the current five-year payment agreement is set to expire at the end of March 2021, new negotiations are expected to be in full swing next spring.

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