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Defense Minister Says Japan Is Nearing Jet Fighter Decision

December 12, 2011

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Japanese Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa said the government is in the final stages of choosing its next mainstay jet fighter, although no decision has yet been made.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo today, Ichikawa said he wants the decision to be made “soon.”

The Yomiuri newspaper earlier reported the government has decided on Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35.

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