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Japan faces obstacles to deploying new missile defenses

Tokyo needs to train troops, win over public before installing Aegis Ashore system

The PAC-3 inteceptors are part of Japan's coordinated ballistic missile defense.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan is readying its Ground Self-Defense Force for the planned deployment of a new U.S. missile defense system, despite logistical speed bumps and criticism from opposition parties.

The Aegis Ashore is a ground-based system capable of striking down incoming missiles outside the atmosphere. Combining it with the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors currently under development, the SDF would be able to defend all of Japan with just two installations.

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