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The Air Self-Defense Force’s top command post began operating Monday at U.S. Yokota Air Base after being transferred from a nearby city under a bilateral agreement signed in 2006.

The transfer of the Air Defense Command, the ASDF’s nerve center mainly dealing with airspace intrusions and ballistic missile interceptions, to the base in western Tokyo is part of efforts to bolster joint operations between the U.S. military in Japan and the Self-Defense Forces, defense officials said.

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