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Japan's deployment of F-35A mired in controversy

Cutting-edge stealth fighter jet has no Japanese-made parts

The F-35A sports the latest in military technology, but at a steep price tag.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan deployed its first F-35A stealth fighter jet Friday amid rising tension on the Korean peninsula. But the price tag keeps increasing for the cutting-edge aircraft, and the defense industry here is not happy with its diminished participation in production.

"At a time when countries around us are rapidly strengthening their air combat capabilities, the deployment of the F-35A jets has an extremely important significance for our national security," Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters the same day.

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