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Wreckage from a Japanese F-35 stealth fighter jet has been found, a day after it disappeared from radar over the Pacific Ocean.

The pilot of the plane, however, is still missing, Japanese military officials said.

Parts of the plane have been recovered during search operations at sea.

It is not known why the plane, which is less than a year old, lost contact and crashed.

"We have collected parts from the jet fighter's tail fin so we [believe] it crashed," Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters.

The fighter jet went missing at 19:27pm (10:27 GMT) on Tuesday as it was flying 135km (84 miles) east of Misawa, a city in north-eastern Japan.

It lost contact about 30 minutes after taking off from the Misawa Air Base.

According to Mr Iwaya, the missing pilot had sent a signal to abort the mission. All communication with him was lost shortly after.

Rescue teams are continuing their search for the male pilot who is in his 40s, according to news site Kyodo.

No problems with the aircraft had previously been reported, according to Japan's public broadcaster NHK.

Japan has been deploying F-35s, which cost at least $90m (£68m), to replace its ageing F-4 fighter jet.

The country has now grounded its 12 remaining F-35 fighter jets at the Misawa base temporarily, said Mr Iwaya.

This is only the second time an F-35 has crashed since the jet began flying, according to Reuters.
A brand spanking new JASDF F-35 disappeared from radar during a training flight yesterday, and now it's been announced that wreckage has been found. Still no word on the pilot.
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I'm a bit lazy so it's more easy to find a weirdo to say it for me. I wonder why the other posters don't give a fuck about this?
Eh, I enjoy complaining anyway, especially in increasingly over the top ways. So feel free to keep posting your various flavors of internet weirdos and ignore me, that's what most sane people do.


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Kim Kardashian has revealed she has begun a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in the US, with hopes of becoming a lawyer in 2022.
The reality TV star says she made the decision to pursue a legal career in 2018.
Last year, she met with President Donald Trump and successfully campaigned to have 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson released from jail.
She says her experiences at The White House inspired her decision.
"The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency," she tells Vogue magazine in a new interview.
Clemency is when someone is pardoned from a crime they are accused of having committed and it is declared that they are not guilty.
In America, the President can grant clemency to anyone convicted under federal law.
"I'm sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh - I need to know more," Kim says.
"I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair. But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case."

Media captionAlice Marie Johnson was released from jail after intervention from Kim
Kim says choosing to pick up a new career was something she had to think "long and hard" about but that she knew she always wanted to "do more".
"It's never one person who gets things done; it's always a collective of people, and I've always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society," she says.
"I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more."
Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump: Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing. Image Copyright @realDonaldTrump@REALDONALDTRUMP
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As part of her apprenticeship, Kim will need to do 18 hours of supervised study each week and will shadow two mentor lawyers - Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney.
Kim's work with grandmother Alice Marie Johnson secured her release from a 1996 life sentence for cocaine trafficking, when Donald Trump intervened.
He commuted her crime, this means her conviction still stands, but Alice had her sentence swapped for a lighter one.
She was immediately released because of time she'd already served.
In 2017, Kim was among a number of celebrities who spoke in support of Cyntoia Brown.
She was jailed for life in 2006 at the age of 16 for shooting dead a man she said solicited her for sex. Prosecutors said it was robbery.
Other stars including Rihanna, comedian Amy Schumer and NBA star LeBron James also supported her case.
Cyntoia was released earlier this year.
I think there maybe something to this ClownWorld thing...

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