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Japan and the United States will launch formal negotiations later this week in Washington on a cost-sharing agreement for Tokyo's hosting of American troops, the Japanese government said Tuesday.

With the current five-year deal expiring at the end of fiscal 2020 next March, the two sides need to agree on a new budget from April 2021 for hosting the around 55,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan under the bilateral security alliance.

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