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Under new security laws that took effect last year, the Maritime Self-Defense Force has refueled U.S. ships patrolling to counter North Korean missile launches, a Japanese government source said Thursday.

The refueling missions to U.S. Aegis ships sailing in the Sea of Japan have been conducted since April, and this is the second instance in which the Self-Defense Forces were known to have performed their expanded roles under the security legislation.

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