USA in 2019 demanded Japan to be annually allocated for the maintenance of American military bases in the country at $8 billion – four times more than now. This was reported Monday by the news Agency Kyodo, citing the memoirs of the former assistant to the President for national security John Bolton “the Room where it happened: a Memoir of the White house” (The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir). Kyodo says it has the text of this book.
Bolton reported in his memoirs, the Agency said that at the direction of President Donald trump gave such a demand to the Japanese government in July 2019, during a visit to Tokyo. Trump says the book, ordered his assistant to threaten a complete withdrawal of American troops from Japan if it refuses to increase their spending on content databases.
The government of Japan still officially rejected rumors that Washington requires it to sharply increase appropriations for U.S. military facilities.
Costs in Tokyo for the maintenance of American military bases in the 2019 financial year (ended on 31 March 2020) amounted to 197,4 billion yen (more than $1.8 billion at current exchange rates). Japan, in particular, pays all utility costs associated with these facilities and also takes on the wages of local staff.
Bolton was dismissed from the post of assistant on national security in September last year. His memoirs, containing a very negative assessment of the performance of trump, had to go out in March, but then their publication was postponed until may. At the end of April it became known that the book is due out June 23. Publisher Simon and Schuster has previously published the Preface to the book, according to which Bolton, in particular, compares the approach of the White house to foreign policy with real estate transactions, which leads to a weakening of US positions.
Trump announced the appointment of Bolton and his assistant for national security in March 2018, and in 18 months had dismissed him.
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