North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan as Abe, Trump meet in U.S.
Japan Times -- Feb 12
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan early Sunday as U.S President Donald Trump met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida. The test was the first such launch since Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20.

The Japanese government condemned the launch as a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and said it had issued a strongly worded protest over the test.

“The ballistic missile launch is an extremely problematic act from the viewpoint of securing the safety of aircraft and ships and it is an obvious violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference, adding that the missile appeared not to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone or to have caused any damage.

Suga said Japan was still analyzing the data.

The type of missile, launched from the Panghyon area in North Korea’s western North Pyongan province at around 7:55 a.m., was not yet identified, the Yonhap news agency quoted South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying in a statement. It flew about 500 km (300 miles), the statement said, adding that it did not appear to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“Our assessment is that it is part of a show of force in response to the new U.S. administration’s hard-line position against the North,” the JCS statement said, according to Yonhap.

The U.S. military also said it had detected a missile test launch by the North and was assessing it, a U.S. defense official told The Japan Times by email.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year’s Day address that the country was close to launching an ICBM — remarks widely seen as a veiled threat that the hermit nation was close to mastering the technology needed to strike the continental United States.

北朝鮮が12日午前8時前、北西部から日本海に向けてミサイルを発射しました。 韓国軍によりますと、北朝鮮は午前7時55分ごろ、北西部の平安(ピョンアン)北道バンヒョン付近から日本海に向けてミサイルを発射したということです。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
Jan 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government will survey foreign tourists on what they enjoy about the city's nightlife, aiming to better cater to their interests while encouraging them to spend, a source said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Jan 21
Japan's Defense Ministry says the Air Self-Defense Force scrambled its jets against Chinese aircraft fewer times during the first 9 months of this fiscal year, compared to the previous year. (NHK)
Jan 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested another organized crime member over the alleged possession of a pistol found last year through the help of a so-called “hybrid police dog,” reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 21
The body of a child which was found Friday at the edge of a river in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, has been identified as that of a three-year-old boy who has been missing since Dec 9. (Japan Today)
Jan 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three persons, including a former member of a bosozoku group, over the alleged extortion of a male adult video (AV) star, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 21
Work to dispose of a World War II bomb that did not explode was carried out on Kokusai-dori, a major street in the city center of Naha, the capital of Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, on Saturday. (Jiji)
Jan 21
The New York office of the Japan National Tourism Organization has produced four videos to promote tourist attractions of Japan's Tohoku northeastern region to American people. (Jiji)
Jan 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for over an illicit encounter with a high school girl last year that he allegedly filmed, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 21
The Tokyo High Court has ruled that Yahoo Japan Co. defamed a man and has ordered that it delete 11 search results that associate his name with criminal behavior, sources have confirmed. (Japan Times)
Jan 21
Thousands of blooming tulips are giving people an early taste of spring at a park in eastern Japan. (NHK)