Japan's Diet OKs document on US base costs

Japan's Diet has approved a diplomatic document that will enable the country's agreement with Washington on the shared cost of hosting US forces in Japan to be extended for one year.

The document was approved by a majority vote at an upper house plenary session on Wednesday.

Japan's share of the cost of hosting US forces in the country is agreed upon every five years. The current deal was due to expire this fiscal year at the end of March.

Japan and the United States agreed in February to tentatively keep Tokyo's share of the expenses at around 200 billion yen, or 1.9 billion dollars, for another year.

Specifically, Japan will pay about 1.4 billion dollars to cover the wages of 23,000 base workers in fiscal 2021, which starts in April. It will also pay about 211 million dollars for utility bills. That is 61 percent of the total.

The two countries plan to discuss the amount that Japan will shoulder in fiscal 2022 and beyond.