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Tokyo missile defense now complete

March 30, 2008
By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press Writer

TOKYO – Japan installed the final piece of a missile defense system for Tokyo on Saturday, a day after North Korea test-fired a barrage of missiles.

A Japanese soldier stands guard as the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 ...
Japanese soldier stands guard as the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air interceptors arrive at the Iruma airforce base in suburban Toyo. Japan completed deploying a ballistic missile defence system in the Tokyo area, a day after North Korea reportedly fired short-range missiles off its west coast, news reports said.(AFP/JIJI PRESS)

Air Self-Defense Forces personnel set up a land-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile intercepter system at the Kasumigaura base in Ibaraki prefecture (state), just northeast of Tokyo, regional defense official Keisuke Tanaka said.

It is the last of four PAC-3 sets deployed around Tokyo to protect the capital region, Tanaka said. The system at the Kasumigaura base, 47 miles northeast of Tokyo, includes five launchers, a special vehicle equipped with radar and another that serves as a control station, he said.

PAC-3 systems were previously installed at three other bases near Tokyo, including Japan’s largest naval base in Yokosuka, the homeport of the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel stand at attention ...
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel stand at attention during the Central Readiness Force 1st Helicopter Unit formation ceremony in Kisarazu, east of Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, March 29, 2008.(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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