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Japan’s Aegis Ashore deployment scuppered by local pushback

TOKYO — Japan has scrapped plans to deploy the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system at a base in Akita Prefecture due to heavy local opposition.

The Japanese government plans to deploy the U.S.-developed missile shield at two locations in response to continued missile testing by North Korea. It chose the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Araya training grounds as a candidate site in May 2019, but the survey results the decision was based on were found to contain errors.

The Araya grounds are located close to a residential area, and locals have long expressed strong concerns over potential health and environmental

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