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Japan will keep seeking information on the U.S. F-22 fighter jet as it looks for a candidate to replace its aging F-4EJs, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday, shrugging off the decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to end funding for the stealthy aircraft that is barred from export.

Katashi Toyota, the ministry’s press secretary, told reporters that Tokyo hasn’t quite given up on its hope of acquiring the F-22, which is one of six candidates under consideration. The House passed a defense spending bill Thursday that scuttled the F-22 program.

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