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Japan bolsters defense against North Korean missiles

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Japan prepares to intercept any missiles from North Korea at a Defense Ministry facility in Tokyo.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan has strengthened its defenses against a potential missile attack by North Korea, with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani giving the Self-Defense Forces the green light to shoot down such a missile.

     The government has not publicly acknowledged whether Nakatani has issued the order, citing security reasons. The SDF has sent ships equipped with the Aegis combat system and the Standard Missile-3 to waters around Japan, while Defense Ministry facilities in the Ichigaya area of Tokyo are preparing Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles for interception from the ground.

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