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Japan to convert helicopter carrier Izumo into aircraft carrier

Plan to be included in new defense program, raising constitutional questions

A helicopter lands on the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force helicopter carrier Izumo: The government's latest defense plan calls for the vessel to be converted to carry F-35 jets.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan plans to convert the Maritime Self-Defense Force's helicopter carrier Izumo into an aircraft carrier under a new basic defense program to be adopted later this month.

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