Japan and the United States have reached an agreement to freeze the amount Tokyo pays to host American forces at the current level for the 2021 financial year, with analysts suggesting both sides were keen to conclude a deal swiftly and move on from the problems that had dogged the previous US administration’s relationships with its ally.

Under the agreement, Tokyo will pay 201.7 billion yen (US$1.9 billion) in so-called host-nation support for the 12-month period that starts in April. The…


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