Japan Says Evacuation Warning for North Korea Missile Was Not a Mistake

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TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – The Japanese government has said that the evacuation order it issued against residents on the northern island Hokkaido following a North Korean rocket launch Thursday morning is not an error but was a proper response.

Hirokazu Mattsuno, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, said at a press conference that "we did not correct" the information broadcast by the J Alert emergency broadcasting system.

He said that the North Korean missile vanished from Japan's radar as soon as it was detected. A further analysis revealed that the missile had no chance of landing on Japanese territory. The evacuation alert was lifted.

Matsuno stated that the J-Alert alert was sent to warn citizens about the dangers of falling missiles to prioritize citizens' safety.