The United States and Japan Should Seek a More Equitable Defense Cost-Sharing Arrangement

ID-77-8: Published: Jun 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1977.

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It has become increasingly apparent in recent years that Japan is capable of assuming a greater share of the common defense costs, and conditions now exist to seek increased defense contributions from the Government of Japan.

Japan's financial support of the U.S. presence has been limited to paying land rental for areas occupied by U.S. Forces, constructing replacement facilities, and payments to Japanese communities near U.S. bases. The heavy U.S. defense burden in Asia could be made more equitable by cost-sharing of common defense costs, such as increased logistical and operational support, labor cost sharing, and joint use of defense installations.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: Secretaries of State and Defense should: jointly reexamine possible cost-sharing methods, and develop definitive plans for pursuing increased cost-sharing by the Government of Japan; begin negotiations to implement a labor cost-sharing agreement; and arrange for increased joint use of military installations.

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