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Japan reassures US on F-35 purchase despite crash

Jet's role in diplomacy and defense trumps safety concerns -- for now

Japan's military is positioning the F-35A as the next mainstay of its air forces, but the crash this month has raised concerns about the plane. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force)

WASHINGTON -- The recent crash of an F-35A stealth fighter jet will not stop Tokyo's plans to buy more of the aircraft, which is crucial to strengthening defense capabilities and maintaining a strong relationship with its ally, the U.S., Japan's defense minister said after meeting his American counterpart.

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