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Photo by: Koji Sasahara

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, standing by a ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor, looks back as he speaks during his inspection tour to the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Dec. 7, 2012. Japan deployed the PAC-3 system on the ministry compound in the middle of Tokyo to prepare for North Korea's planned launch of a long-range rocket starting Dec. 10. (Associated Press)

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