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Japan to enable fighter jet and missile exports to 12 nations

India, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines among destinations

Japan plans to ease regulations so it can export arms like F-2 fighter jets, which were jointly developed with the U.S., to certain countries. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government plans to allow exports of fighter jets, missiles and other arms to 12 countries, including India, Australia as well as some European and Southeast Asian nations, Nikkei has learned. Regulatory changes to allow for the exports could come by next March.

The government aims to enhance deterrence against China by cooperating with countries that have signed individual security agreements with Tokyo.

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