Lawmaker Inoki in North Korea amid spike in tensions

Sep 8, 2016

Lawmaker Inoki in North Korea amid spike in tensions

Japanese wrestler-turned-parliamentarian Antonio Inoki arrived Thursday in North Korea, with a plan to meet with senior officials at a time of escalating tensions. The visit by Inoki, an independent lawmaker, comes as North Korea conducted what appears to be another nuclear test, prompting criticism ...

Jun 23, 2016

Japan lifts missile-intercept order

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani on Thursday lifted an order for the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down any North Korean missile posing a danger to Japan. The government believes North Korea will not conduct a missile launch for the time being after firing what appeared ...

Jun 2, 2016

Japan withdraws order to intercept North Korean missiles

Japan has canceled an order for the Self-Defense Forces to prepare to intercept ballistic missiles launched toward the country from North Korea, government sources said Thursday. The move follows a recent string of suspected missile launches that South Korea and other observers have said ...

May 30, 2016

SDF goes on alert for possible North Korea missile launch

The government put the Self-Defense Forces on alert Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, ordering warships and Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan. An official confirmed that an order was issued. The official declined ...