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1st Lt. Misa Matsushima, 26, has become Japan’s first woman to qualify as a fighter jet pilot in the nation’s Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF).

“My longtime dream has come true. I want to become a fully-fledged pilot, no different from men, as soon as possible,” said Matsushima after a ceremony Thursday at an ASDF base in Miyazaki Prefecture, marking the completion of a training course to become an F-15 fighter pilot.

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