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Japanese warship aiding US naval strike force in Pacific:Tokyo's action part of growing military efforts

TOKYO — A Japanese warship accompanied a US Navy supply ship Monday on its way to join a US aircraft carrier and three other warships in a strike force that entered the Sea of Japan over the weekend.

The group is meant to send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea at a time of mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula over the North's advancing nuclear program.

Japan's action is a sign of its expanding military presence in the region. It is particularly significant because it

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