Japan Halts Plan for U.S. Missile-Defense System

TOKYO—Japan suspended plans to introduce a multibillion-dollar American missile-defense system, citing major new costs and delays from modifications needed to ensure rocket debris from the system doesn’t endanger local residents.

Two Aegis Ashore batteries were scheduled to be deployed around 2025 in southern and northern Japan that would provide the country with a new layer of defense against ballistic missiles.

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