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An officer of the Ground Self-Defense Force stands guard near Japan's... News PhotoClose To,Horizontal,Japan,Military,Missile,Politics,Tokyo - JapanPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPAn officer of the Ground Self-Defense Force (SDF) stands guard near Japan's SDF set Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile launcher at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on December 6, 2012. Japan on December 6 dispatched three destroyers to waters over which North Korea says its satellite-bearing rocket will travel. In Tokyo, the defence ministry has deployed another PAC-3 battery at its headquarters as part of its effort to intercept anything headed towards the Japanese mainland. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)