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Translated by: MOS Translation team – Tony MG


The Japanese government announced that North Korea launched a ballistic missile eastward from near its west coast at around 12:02 pm on May 4th. The missile flew at an altitude of about 800 kilometers and a distance of about 500 kilometers before falling into the Sea of ​​Japan off the east coast outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Photo by the North Korean government)

On the same day, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida  condemned and protested the North Korea’s missile launch. “North Korea’s series of actions that threatens the peace, safety and stability of the international community are impermissible,” he told reporters during his visit in Rome, Italy.

Kishida said he would discuss the launch in subsequent meetings with Italian and British leaders to call for cooperation in maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region and promoting stability in East Asia. He also directed that every effort be made to collect and analyze information and to thoroughly check the safety of aircraft and ships. According to Japan’s Deputy Defense Minister, there has been no confirmed information on reports of damage to aircraft or vessels.

The EEZ refers to the sea area (excluding the territorial sea), its seabed and the area below it within 200 nautical miles (about 370 kilometers) of the territorial coast. As a country with a developed fish industry, Japan will undoubtedly regard North Korea’s launching of ballistic missiles without any warning as a military provocation.

Since the enactment of the Japanese postwar constitution in 1947, which proclaimed pacifism as its core, and renounced Japan’s right to wage war and maintain military forces, Japan has become a non-war state and most Japanese hold to this view. However, after the ongoing military provocations by North Korea and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Japan’s territorial waters and the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the constitutional amendment on whether the Self-Defense Forces can send troops abroad is in full swing (30% disagree with sending troops abroad, and 31% agree).

This missile launch by North Korea will undoubtedly help the Japanese people to move in the direction of sending troops abroad to defend their own state. Of course, this is also good news for Taiwan.

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