* Japan, U.S. stress tight ties after death of North Korean leader * Decision a shot in the arm for F-35 programme * Choice a major setback for Boeing (Recasts throughout) By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Japan picked Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet as its next mainstay fighter on Tuesday, choosing the aircraft over combat-proven but less stealthy rivals, as concern simmers over North Korea and as China introduces its own stealth fighters. The decision came as Japan and the United ...
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