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Aerospace & Defense

Japan's missile shield deployment scuppered by local resistance

Tokyo looks at alternative Aegis Ashore sites as North Korean threat looms

Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces stand by land-to-air missiles in Tokyo. Japan is boosting its missile defenses to protect itself from a potential strike by North Korea.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has scrapped plans to deploy the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system at a base on the Sea of Japan coast due to heavy local opposition.

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