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Japan puts missile defense spending on fast track

North Korean threat spurs Tokyo to fund new systems in supplementary budget

| Japan

TOKYO -- Japan will include missile defense spending originally intended for fiscal 2018 in a supplementary budget for the current year as Tokyo accelerates work to improve its interception systems amid escalating tensions with North Korea.

"I want to proceed immediately with discussions to determine the fastest schedule for improving missile defense capability," said  Itsunori Onodera, Japan's defense minister.

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