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Hoping to strengthen alliances, Japan lifts ban on arms exports

TOKYO -- Japan is poised to supply to the U.S. a key component used in an advanced missile system, the first concrete result of a landmark decision to ease a self-imposed, postwar ban on arms exports.

     According to a Nikkei report confirmed by Japanese Defense Ministry officials, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will provide U.S. missile maker Raytheon with a sophisticated sensor for its Patriot ground-to-air missile. The sensor allows the Patriot to precisely determine its attitude and position, helping it hit its target.

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