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The Air Self-Defense Force carried out a quick deployment drill for its Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, missile interceptors in Tokyo on Wednesday, in order to maintain readiness for missile defense operations.

The drill, held at the Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, followed a series of ballistic missile firings by North Korea. On Oct. 2, North Korea fired a ballistic missile built to be launched from a submarine into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Defense Minister Taro Kono, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and other officials observed the exercise.

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