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International relations

F-22 technology offered to Japan for next-generation fighter

Lockheed plays into Washington's strategy of using weapons to balance trade

A Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter at the Royal International military air show at Fairford, Britain, on July 8, 2016.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin has approached Japan with plans for a next-generation fighter jet based on its elite F-22 stealth fighter, demonstrating both Washington's trust in Tokyo as a defense partner and its eagerness to balance the scales on trade with expensive equipment.

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