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Japan searches for new jets to carry emperor, PM

Govt to introduce planes in year starting April 2019

Tokyo

JAPAN is preparing to replace the ageing Boeing Co 747-400s used on official visits by the emperor and the prime minister after more than two decades of service.

Authorities have asked interested parties to meet on Feb 3 to brief about the purchase plan and receive feedback, according to a Jan 27 notice on a government website.

The government aims to introduce the planes in the year starting April 2019, according to an official at the nation's Ministry of Defense, who asked not to be identified,...

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