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Aerospace & Defense

Mitsubishi Heavy set to oversee Japan's homegrown fighter project

IHI, Kawasaki Heavy and Subaru also look to play role

The U.S. has played a central role in selection and development of fighter jet models used by Japan's Self-Defense Forces, including the American-made F-35.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry confirmed Friday it will award a contract to a single Japanese company to oversee its next-generation fighter jet project, part of an effort to preserve a domestic defense industry that has atrophied amid decades of U.S.-led development.

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