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Agreement allows US to fly drones from base in Japan

Pentagon gets northeast Asia rights for 1st time

TOKYO — The US military will deploy long-range Global Hawk surveillance drones from Japan next year, American and Japanese officials announced on Thursday, marking the first time the Pentagon has been able to secure basing rights for the advanced unmanned aircraft in northeast Asia.

The Air Force will begin flying ‘‘two or three’’ Global Hawks from an undetermined base in Japan next spring, a senior US administration official told reporters during a visit here by Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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