Seven-satellite plan set for domestic GPS network

Japan plans to establish a network of four satellites in the latter half of this decade to improve the accuracy of its global positioning system, government officials said Friday.

In the future, Japan will set up a network of seven "quasi-zenith" satellites to set up a GPS system independent of the one operated by the United States, the officials said.

A ministerial council comprising the Cabinet and headed by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made the decision Friday.

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