Saturday, April 14, 2012

Japan Facing Criticism Over Botched Response to North Korean Missile Launch

The Japanese government is facing heavy criticism over its slow response to the failed North Korean rocket launch Friday.

While the country displayed a massive show of force in the lead-up to the planned launch, dispatching Pac-3 missile batteries and Aegis-equipped ships in Tokyo and Okinawa, it took nearly 40 minutes for leaders to officially confirm the launch Friday, much longer than neighboring South Korea. The J-alert emergency warning system, intended to inform the public minutes after liftoff, was never activated.

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