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Japan has formally given up plans to acquire next-generation fighter jets and cargo plans for the Air Self-Defense Force in fiscal 2009, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said Saturday after endorsing a revised version of the Defense Ministry’s fiscal 2005-2009 Mid-Term Defense Program earlier in the day.

Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said it has taken the government longer than expected to decide which models to buy.

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