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Japan launches first military communications satellite

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Japan's H-IIA rocket carrying the Kirameki-2 satellite being launched from Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Tanegashima island, Kagoshima prefecture, on Tuesday. It marks the successful resumption of a programme that was halted last year by an embarrassing mishap.

Tokyo

JAPAN on Tuesday launched its first military communications satellite to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence Forces as they reinforce an island chain stretching along the southern edge of the East China Sea.

Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the military is

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