Ministry officials said the missile was fired at around 6:57 AM Japan time from Sunan on North Korea’s west coast.
It flew over Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone about 20 minutes later.
The officials estimated that the missile flew about 3,700 kilometers and reached an altitude of about 800 kilometers. They said no debris fell on Japanese territory, and that no ships or aircraft were hit.
The officials said the missile was likely a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic type. The North launched a similar type last month.
They said the two missiles were launched in similar directions, but that the latest one traveled about 1,000 kilometers farther and climbed about 250 kilometers higher.
Friday’s missile traveled 300 kilometers farther than the distance between North Korea and the US territory of Guam. Last month, North Korea said it is considering plans to fire missiles at areas near the Pacific island.
Japan’s Defense Ministry says a ballistic missile fired from North Korea landed in the Pacific Ocean about 2,200 kilometers east of Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Friday morning. (NHK)
Heavy rain is falling intermittently in southern Kyushu, as very strong typhoon Talim moves toward the western Japanese region. (NHK)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two male Vietnamese nationals for allegedly stealing at least 200 million yen worth of items from empty homes in the Kanto region, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
A team of Japanese and other researchers won this year’s Ig Nobel Biology Prize on Thursday for discovering an insect with sex-reversed genitals. (Jiji)
A 48-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a woman and seriously injuring her 4-year-old daughter in Osaka Prefecture, investigators said. (Japan Times)
Japan’s space agency has unveiled a new observation satellite designed to allow more accurate predictions of global climate change. (NHK)
The name boards of two unmanned stations in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, that are popular among railway enthusiasts as secluded stations, have been stolen. (Jiji)
Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday it will launch a high-end large sport-utility vehicle in Japan on Dec. 14. (the-japan-news.com)
Japan is working itself to death. The frequently recurring term karoshi (death from overwork) suggests as much. It’s an indirect rather than a direct cause of death, which makes statistical precision difficult, but, as a rough standard, 80 hours a month of overtime work in the months leading up to a victim’s death from a heart attack or stroke or suicide will back a claim for karoshi compensation. (Japan Today)
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force is supplying fuel to U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) ships in the Sea of Japan, in a sign of deepening co-operation between the allies amid the growing threat from North Korea, a source said. (Japan Today)