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Japan looks to add 11 units commanding PAC-3 surface-to-air missile interceptors by fiscal 2020. (Photo provided by Japan Air Self-Defense Force)

Japan boosting missile defense to face North Korean threat

Intercept systems getting upgrade to handle high-flying missiles

| Japan

TOKYO -- Japan will overhaul its missile intercept command system starting in fiscal 2018 to cope with advancements in North Korea's weapons technology, such as faster-descending missiles launched at a steeper trajectory.

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