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Japan eyes Philippines as first recipient of security grant

New framework designed to strengthen armed forces of partner countries

A fighter jet at the Philippines' Clark Air Base. Japan's planned grant could take the form of funding or equipment.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is looking to provide a security cooperation grant to the Philippines, its first such allotment under a new program designed to bolster the defensive capabilities of regional allies.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will meet with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Tokyo on Thursday, with both sides working to include the grant in the summit's outcome document.

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