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President Trump urges Japan to purchase more U.S. defense equipment

Asahi reported that some Japanese officials were surprised by President Trump’s strong “sales pitch” for American weapons systems, including F-35 fighters, during their press conference on Monday. As Prime Minister Abe stated in response that Japan “will be buying more from the United States,” the daily said the Abe administration appears to be going along with the Trump administration’s “Buy American” campaign. A Defense Ministry source expressed apprehension that specific demands for procuring American defense hardware will be made one after another. Nikkei and Sankei ran similar stories, with the former saying that some GOJ officials are not eager to procure more U.S. defense equipment because it is very expensive.   

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