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Japan seeks transparency for pricey US defense gear

Tokyo scrambles to rein in costs as Trump presses for more sales

Osprey transport aircraft are among the purchases Japan has made through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program in recent years.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese and U.S. officials met here Wednesday to discuss new rules for procurement of American defense equipment as contract terms set at Washington's sole discretion squeeze Tokyo's budget.

Japan's Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency agreed to work to increase transparency in pricing as well as tackle such issues as late orders and unpaid reimbursements.

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