Japan to buy island for $146 million for U.S. military drills

Japan to buy island for $146 million for U.S. military drills

The facility for American military exercises will be built on the island of Mageshima soon.
The Japanese government has decided to buy a desert island off the southwest coast for $146 million for U.S. military exercises. This was stated by the Secretary-General of the Cabinet Yoshihide Suga
It is noted that the agreement to buy Mageshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture was reached last Friday, 29 November, “after discussions between the Ministry of Defence and the developer, who owns a large part of the island.” The facility for U.S. military exercises will be built on the island “in the near future,” the secretary-general of the government said.

Some residents who live on islands near Mahesima have expressed concern that the site may make too much noise.

Currently, the Training of the U.S. Air Force is held on the island of Iwo Jima in 1.2 thousand. km from Tokyo. Washington demanded a change of venue because Iwo Jima was too far from the U.S. military base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Recall that annually Japan pays the U.S. $2 billion for the stay in the country of 54,000 U.S. troops. This price includes the operation of the U.S. base on the island of Okinawa, as well as the maintenance of ships of the Seventh Fleet. U.S. President Donald Trump considered this amount insufficient and wants the Japanese to pay Washington $8 billion a year.

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