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Japan expanding missile defense with eye on China, Russia

Tokyo sees Aegis Ashore defending against both ballistic and cruise missiles

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, center, speaks with reporters after visiting a test facility for the Aegis Ashore.   © Kyodo

KAUAI, U.S. -- As Japan looks to bolster missile defenses with the Aegis Ashore surface-to-air system, citing North Korean threats, the growing attack capabilities of China and Russia appears to be driving Tokyo's decision as well.

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