TOKYO - Japan on Friday ordered its military to intercept the North Korean missile Pyongyang plans to launch next month if it poses a direct threat to Japan, a scenario the government considers unlikely.
"We don't expect it to fall onto our territory. We would like the public to carry on with their daily lives and their work normally," Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told a regular news conference.
"Government offices concerned will take precautionary measures just in case."
North Korea has said the rocket's trajectory will be southwards and that will not impact neighboring countries.