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One of four Japanese spy satellites orbiting Earth has malfunctioned and been inoperative since Monday, the government said Saturday.

According to the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, the No. 2 radar satellite, launched in February 2007, appears to be having problems with its power supply and is being examined.

The other three spy satellites, all optical satellites, are working to minimize the impact of the malfunctioning satellite, a Defense Ministry source said.

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