Japan-United States of America Relations

March 8, 2021

Host Nation Support (HNS)

The security environment surrounding Japan is becoming increasingly severe and uncertain at a remarkably rapid pace. From the standpoint that it is important to ensure smooth and effective operation of U.S. Forces, Japan bears the rent for USFJ facilities and areas and the Facility Improvement Program (FIP) funding stipulated within the scope of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). In addition, under the Special Measures Agreement (SMA), Japan also bears labor costs of USFJ employees, utility costs, and training relocation costs.
As the current SMA expires on March 31, 2021, as a result of consultations, the governments of Japan and the United States mutually decided to amend the current SMA, extending its validity for one year on February 17, 2021. The two governments signed the Protocol Amending the SMA on February 24, 2021.
Based on the above, Japan’s Host Nation Support for JFY 2021 will be approximately JPY 201.7 billion yen.
Both governments have confirmed to continue negotiating for a new SMA beyond April 2022.

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