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Japan bolsters defense-technology cooperation with Europe

Planned tech transfers with Italy, Germany and Sweden seen as a check on China

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Leopard 2 tanks are seen during a German army training in Munster, Germany.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan plans to conclude separate treaties on transfer of defense equipment and technology with Italy, Germany and Sweden that will give Japan's Self-Defense Forces access to advanced technology from those countries.

Strengthening cooperation in this area could serve as a check against China, which has been expanding its military presence in Asia-Pacific waters.  

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