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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.

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