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A senior government official on Wednesday flatly denied allegations written on a news website claiming that a Chinese fighter was close to firing on an Air Self-Defense Force jet that had been scrambled over the East China Sea.

Koichi Hagiuda, deputy chief Cabinet secretary and a close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, denied the claim made by Kunio Orita, former head of the Air Self-Defense Force’s Air Support Command, on the Japan Business Press website.

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