The Entry into Force of the Agreement between Japan and the United States of America concerning New Special Measures relating to Article XXIV of the Agreement under Article VI of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States of America, regarding Facilities and Areas and the Status of United States Armed Forces in Japan

April 1, 2011
Japanese

  1. The Agreement between Japan and the United States of America concerning New Special Measures relating to Article XXIV of the Agreement under Article VI of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States of America, regarding Facilities and Areas and the Status of United States Armed Forces in Japan, entered into force on April 1, 2011, after diplomatic notes notifying the approval of the respective internal legal procedures were exchanged between Japan and the United States of America.
  2. As the security environment surrounding Japan has become increasingly severe, the host nation support (HNS) by Japan under the new Special Measures Agreement (SMA) plays a vital role in maintaining and strengthening the Japan-US alliance through contributing to ensuring the smooth and effective implementation of the Japan-US security arrangements.

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(1) Term: 5 years (JFY 2011-2015).
(2) Expenditures to be borne by Japan:
Japan will bear all or a part of the labor costs, the utilities costs and the training relocation costs. As for the training relocation costs, costs for the relocation to territory under the administration of the United States of America such as Guam are added as the expenditures which can be borne by the GOJ, in addition to the costs for the relocation to other facilities and areas in Japan.

[Policies for implementation of the new SMA: the Notes between then-foreign Minister Maehara and Ambassador Roos concerning the new SMA]

Labor Costs:
The Upper Limit of the Number of Workers that the GOJ funds is to be reduced from
23,055 to 22,625.This adjustment is to be phased in over the new SMA period.

Utilities Costs:
Setting the percentage of utilities cost sharing between the GOJ and the USG, the GOJ is to bear 72 percent (*) of the annual utilities costs up to 24.9 billion yen. This adjustment is to be phased in over the new SMA period.
(*) Currently, Japan bears approximately 76%.

[note]
The amount of the reductions in the labor costs and the utilities costs below the contributions of JFY 2010 resulting from the measures described above is to be added to FIP (Facilities Improvement Program: outside the coverage of the SMA) funding. The overall level of HNS is to be maintained at the current level (bearing in mind the budget of 188.1 billion yen in the JFY 2010) over the new SMA period.

(3) US Cost-Saving Efforts: The US will make further efforts to economize the above expenditures.

    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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