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Trump Requested Tokyo for about $ 8 billion to Maintain U.S. troops in Japan – Foreign Policy

U.S. President Donald Trump has requested Japan to quadruple its obligations for U.S. forces stationed there, Foreign Policy reported, citing unnamed former and current U.S. officials, as Washington presses long-time allies to improve their defense spending.

Washington needs Tokyo to raise yearly payments for its 54,000 U.S. troops in Japan to approximately $8 billion in approximately $2 billion (#6.3 billion), Foreign Policy stated, citing three Beloved former defense officials.

The requirement was created to Japanese officers during a visit to the area in July from John Bolton, in the point Trump’s national security advisor, also Matt Pottinger, who was subsequently the Asia director for the National Security Council, Foreign Policy explained.

A spokesman for the Japanese foreign ministry said that the report from the U.S. global events book is wrong and no U.S.-Japan discussions on a new arrangement have occurred.

Agents of the U.S. authorities weren’t immediately available to comment outside of business hours.

Most U.S. allies are coming under pressure on defense spending from Washington.

Trump has also insisted Seoul shoulder of the price of the U.S. military presence in South Korea, in which it functions as deterrence against North Korea, and has floated the concept of yanking U.S. troops in the peninsula, Reuters reported Wednesday.