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Officials tout F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Japan

April 28, 2014
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U.S. Rep. Kay Granger recently touted the importance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the V-22 Osprey aircraft — in Japan.

Granger, R-Fort Worth, was part of the congressional delegation that traveled through Asia, meeting with high-level Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera.

“This trip is an opportunity to strengthen the relationships that the U.S. has with our allies and partners in Asia,” said Granger, who heads the House subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. “One of our closest and most important partners in this region is Japan.”

Granger‘s office points out that Japan has bought about 350 Bell helicopters through the years, and officials there have committed to buy 42 Joint Strike Fighters, with the first four scheduled for delivery by late 2016, and are considering buying the V-22 Osprey.