Guam – The Kyodo News Agency is reporting that Japan has agreed to a U.S. request to shoulder more of the costs of moving Marines to Guam.
Japan, initially had agreed to cover only $2.8 million dollars of the cost, but Kyodo, quoting un-named sources close to the negotiations, is now reporting that Tokyo will now contribute $3.5 billion, an increase of 4700-million dollars.
The U.S. asked Japan to contribute more to the move because DoD is under pressure from Congress to cut costs.
Japan initially resisted because the buildup on Guam has been reduced by about half. But Kyodo reports that Japanese negotiators relented to cover more of the costs to preserve the bilateral alliance with the U.S.