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Controversial aircraft tops US-Japan defence talks agenda

Japan's defence minister and officials get an up close look at an Osprey - a controversial half plane, half helicopter. The U.S. military wants to station several of the aircraft at a base on the Japanese island of Okinawa. But the Osprey has been plagued by crashes and safety concerns have sparked a public uproar in Japan. On Friday, Defence Minister Satoshi Morimoto met with his U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta in Washington to discuss the aircraft - which Panetta called perfectly safe. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON PANETTA SAYING: "We have tremendous confidence in this plane. We fly it in combat operations, we fly it around the world, we fly it here in this country." Morimoto said a committee would take an independent look into the Osprey's safety record before making any decision. The Osprey plan is part of a larger U.S. effort to rebalance its forces in the Pacific. Andrew Raven, Reuters.

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