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The government is stepping up purchases of state-of-the-art U.S. military planes under Washington’s foreign military sales (FMS) program, but its plan has come under fire from some corners — including Self-Defense Force officials.

The Defense Ministry has sought ¥501.3 billion under the government’s budget for fiscal 2020, which starts April 1, for FMS-based procurement of defense equipment from the United States.

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