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New era for Japan's defense sector? Mitsubishi Heavy leads charge

Homegrown fighter jet project brings hope to long-struggling industry

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will lead development of the replacement for the F-2, which will be decommissioned starting in 2035. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- Long relegated to producing U.S.-developed aircraft on contract, Japan's defense industry is aiming to turn the page by building a homegrown fighter jet under the lead of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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