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The Taigei, the newest SDF submarine: Mitsuibshi group's history has been intertwined with Japan's economic and industrial development. (Photo by Naoki Hori)

TOKYO -- Under the watchful eyes of defense officials and industry insiders, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries unveiled in mid-October the newest, largest and costliest addition yet to the Japanese Self-Defense Forces' submarine fleet: the 84-meter Taigei, meaning "Great Whale."

The ceremony at a Kobe shipyard was attended by Mitsubishi Heavy President Seiji Izumisawa as well as Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi -- a scene that evoked the group's longtime philosophy that "Mitsubishi is for the country."

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