Japan has deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as it readies to defend the 30 million people who live in greater Tokyo from any North Korean attack, officials said Tuesday.
Patriot missiles are installed at the defence ministry in Tokyo on April 9, 2013. Tokyo's response thus far to the threats emanating from Pyongyang has been low key, but Tuesday's moves are the most visible yet that Japan is rattled.
Two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air missile launchers were stationed at the defence ministry in Tokyo before dawn, a ministry spokesman said, while Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said "we are proceeding with measures including deployment of PAC-3 as we are on alert".
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