The Trump administration has made a similar strategic adjustment with its „Free and Open Indo-Pacific“ strategy, which analysts say is a recognition and response to China`s ambitions. The strategy includes maintaining peace and the rule of law, strengthening freedom of maritime navigation, respecting national sovereignty and protecting open markets. Japan and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to these principles in a joint statement in April 2019 [PDF]. The United States also insisted on a security agreement being re-rebuilt with Australia, India and Japan, known as quad bikes, and approved $1.5 billion a year for programs in Asia. The United States and Japan have also begun negotiations for a free trade agreement. It is difficult to determine how much Japan and the United States spend on the Alliance and there is no widely accepted balance sheet. In 2017, Japan`s defence minister said Japan had paid 86 percent of the total cost, while the media had estimated the figure at between 40% and 50 percent. According to a 2019 congressional Research Service Report by the Congressional Research Service ,2019, Japan is responsible for helping the United States, which is agricultural, professional and non-profit companies for the deployment of U.S. forces throughout the country. The United States spends about $2 billion a year on the base. Both governments strictly maintain existing security measures between the United States and Japan.
Every government will do everything in its power to maintain the necessary defences. Japan will be able to defend itself, within the necessary possibilities for self-defense on the basis of the National Defense Program Outline. To meet their obligations, non-aligned states will maintain their nuclear deterrent capability, their planned forces in the Asia-Pacific region and other forces capable of strengthening these anticipated forces. The plan he is proposing is an attempt to bridge the gap between our June 21, 1941 project and the Japanese project of September 25, by taking a new approach to the essential problems that underlie a comprehensive Pacific settlement. This plan contains provisions on the practical application of the basic principles on which we agreed during our discussions and is the only solid basis for rewarding international relations. We hope that this will accelerate progress towards a meeting of minds between our two governments. Many Okinavans were angered by military activities in the prefecture, the scene of one of the bloodiest battles between Japanese and American forces during World War II. An estimated 40,000 to 150,000 Okinawan citizens were killed. Today, one of the largest magnets for local critics of the U.S.
Marine Corps Futenma Air Base is located near schools and hospitals. While the base has some economic benefits, such as employment, residents have repeatedly expressed concern about accidents and violent crime. The 1995 rape of a 12-year-old girl by U.S. service providers has left 85,000 people alive. Other accusations of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel emerged in 2008 and 2012. On August 25, 2019, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe jointly announced that the United States and Japan had reached agreement on the fundamentals of a bilateral trade agreement on access to agricultural markets, industrial tariffs and digital trade.