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Aomori and Tsugaru officials on Thursday reportedly gave their consent to a U.S. plan to deploy the new Forward-Based X-Band radar at the Air Self-Defense Force’s Shariki Base, local Japanese media reported. Shariki Base is in Tsugaru in Japan’s northeastern Aomori prefecture.

The radar’s deployment is to be included in a “final” force transformation report to be compiled in April.

The U.S.-developed radar is to form part of a surveillance web designed to find and help destroy incoming ballistic missiles.

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