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The Defense Ministry has determined that a succession of human errors was responsible for one of two false alarms stating that North Korea had launched a rocket last month, a day before the missile was actually fired, a copy of the ministry report obtained Thursday shows.

The report, concerning that warning issued shortly after noon on April 4, said even top Self-Defense Forces brass failed to corroborate the data from the U.S. early warning satellite — which Japan counts as its best source of launch information — before it got out, and called for more thorough verification of such alerts.

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