WASHINGTON (Kyodo) Japan and the United States will conduct next month their first joint test of Japanese-developed technologies for an advanced interceptor missile under a joint missile defense project, sources familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said Monday.

The joint test, to be held off Hawaii sometime around March 9, will test the capabilities of a Japanese nose cone. But another scheduled experiment to test an infrared sensor system has been canceled, U.S. government sources said.

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