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Japan in talks with New Zealand for defense aircraft

Tokyo aiming for its first major arms contract

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Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force P-1 patrol aircraft fires flares during its fleet review at Sagami Bay, off Yokosuka, south of Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is in negotiations with New Zealand to export the Self-Defense Forces' patrol and transport aircraft, in hopes of beating out U.S. and European competition to score its first large-scale arms contract.

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