Japan’s ruling party mulls military export rules change amid push for joint UK fighter project

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By Tim Kelly and Kaori Kaneko TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ruling party is discussing whether to ease military equipment export rules, in part because without a change Britain would not be able to sell any jet fighters it builds with Japan, former defence minister Itsunori Onodera said. Japan and Britain hope to agree by the end of the year to merge their next-generation Tempest and F-X fighter programmes, sources said in July. Those talks, aimed at a joint project to field a plane in the mid-2030s, remain on track, according to four other people familiar with the discussions. “Japan could not op…

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