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Japanese Defense Chief Tells Hopes for FSX Go-Ahead

From Associated Press

The chief of Japan’s Defense Agency today said he hopes the United States will not alter an agreement the two countries have for the joint development of the FSX fighter jet.

“It is very important to proceed with a joint development by all means . . . to increase reliable relationships between Japan and the United States,” Kichiro Tazawa told a news conference.

His remarks followed a statement Tuesday by President Bush that the United States has decided to go ahead with the proposed fighter jet project with Japan, “with certain clarifications” to safeguard U.S. technology.

According to Bush Administration and congressional sources, Bush will propose revising the agreement negotiated last year by the Ronald Reagan Administration to better protect computer “source codes” for the software that helps fly and control the plane and other sensitive U.S. data.

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