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Japan sends fighter jets to Philippines for 1st time in air force exchange

Visit marks Manila's latest move to strengthen defense ties with Tokyo and Washington

Two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jets landed in Clark Air Base on Tuesday. (Photo by Yuichi Shiga)

MABALACAT, Philippines -- Japanese fighter jets arrived in the Philippines for the first time on Tuesday as the two sides deepen defense cooperation.

The two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighters landed in Clark Air Base to the north of Metropolitan Manila. The Philippines is just the third country where the Japan has dispatched fighter jets, joining the U.S. and Australia.

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