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Indo-Pacific

U.S. drones may be headed to Japan: defense minister

Temporary deployment of MQ-9 would boost maritime monitoring

An MQ-9 drone is prepared for a flight during an exercise in the U.S. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force)

TOKYO -- Japan has started to explore the deployment of U.S. military drones to a southwestern base to increase the allies' eyes in the sky in the region, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Friday.

American MQ-9 drones would be stationed at the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima Prefecture on a temporary basis, Kishi told reporters.

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