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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.

The Defense Ministry is expected to approve the vessels based on an interim report due later this month from a private-sector technical study.

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