Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said it was outrageous and absolutely intolerable that North Korea fired at least three missiles, including a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday. He condemned the launches and says officials were analyzing the details of the weapons.
According to Japanese defense minister Yasukazu Hamada, one of the North Korean missiles reached a maximum altitude of two thousand kilometers and traveled about seven hundred fifty kilometers before his military lost track of the weapon.
The Japanese Government initially feared that the suspected ICBM would fly over its Northern territory, but later revised its assessment, saying there were no overflies.
The office of Japanese Prime Minister Kishida had broadcast alerts through television, radio, mobile phones and public loudspeakers to residents in the Northern prefectures of Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata instructing them to go inside firm buildings or underground.