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Japan seeks 2 more Aegis ships to plug missile defense hole

Tokyo's replacement for scrapped land-based shield requires more staff

The Aegis-equipped Japanese destroyer Kongo, right, watches the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard get underway in the Japanese port city of Sasebo. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

TOKYO -- Japan will order two more Aegis-equipped warships that will serve as an alternative to the U.S.-built, land-based Aegis Ashore missile shield, whose deployment was scrapped this summer, Nikkei has learned.

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