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Japan’s recent efforts to move ahead with a controversial plan to relocate a key U.S. Marine base and its choice of the U.S.-led F-35 stealth fighter as its new mainstay fighter highlight its continuing priority of deepening security ties with the United States.

Tokyo’s new policy of easing restrictions on a longstanding arms export ban has also created new rules that allow it to take part in joint arms development and production with close ally Washington and other friendly nations.

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