Trump asks Tokyo for $ 8 billion to keep his troops in Japan
10:11 - 16/11/2019
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U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Japan to increase the amount it pays to US troops stationed there fourfold, as Washington has long urged its allies to increase their defense spending, Foreign Policy magazine reported, citing unnamed current and former US officials.
Citing three unnamed former defense officials, Foreign Policy said Washington wanted Tokyo to increase its annual payments to US troops in Japan, which has about 540,000 troops, from about $ 2 billion to about $ 8 billion.
The request was made to Japanese officials during a visit to the region in July by John Bolton, then US national security adviser, and Matt Pottinger, then director of Asia at the US National Security Council, the magazine said.
A Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the report was incorrect and there were no negotiations between the United States and the United States on a new deal. Done / 25