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Japan weighs three alternatives to halted Aegis Ashore shield

Land-based radar or artificial island would help recover costs

Adding to the fleet of Aegis-equipped vessels, such as the JS Maya destroyer, is among the options under consideration. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is considering three main options to replace the halted Aegis Ashore land-based missile shield, but all carry a certain amount of risk. 

A recommendation approved Friday by defense-related panels in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party urges the government to quickly come out with "concrete proposals" to fill the gap left by the absence of the land-based missile shield, which was put on hold last month due to cost concerns.

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