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International relations

Tokyo to cover Pentagon costs for faster arms deliveries

Funding will allow US to hire additional staff in hopes of streamlining process

A Lockheed Martin F-35A prepares for takeoff. Purchases of the stealth fighter are swelling Japan's defense spending.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has agreed to shoulder some American administrative costs for defense equipment orders in return for quicker deliveries and more transparency over prices as U.S. President Donald Trump pressures Tokyo to buy more arms.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Pentagon branch responsible for the country's Foreign Military Sales program, had previously declined Japanese requests for detailed price breakdowns and shorter delivery times, citing staff shortages.

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