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LEAD: Many flights delayed due to air traffic control glitch.

TOKYO, March 3 Kyodo

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Departures from five major Japanese airports were delayed for up to one hour Tuesday due to a glitch in the Tokyo-area air traffic control system, Japanese aviation officials said.

The trouble occurred around 10 a.m. Tuesday in a data-processing system at the Tokyo Air Traffic Control Center, an office under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

As a result, flight data could not be sent to other air traffic control centers, leaving them unable to obtain data for airspace from northeastern Japan to western Japan.

The Tokyo center switched to manual operations, with the result that departures at five airports -- Narita, Haneda, Osaka, Kansai and Fukuoka -- were delayed by up to one hour.

The air traffic control system restored normal service shortly after noon, the officials said.

The Tokyo Air Traffic Control Center is located in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, about 30 kilometers northwest of central Tokyo.
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