Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono says the missile that North Korea launched on Wednesday is believed to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, or new SLBM. He suggests it could be classified as a medium-range ballistic missile considering its possible range.
Kono spoke to reporters on Thursday after North Korea's state-media reported earlier in the day that the country succeeded in test-firing the Pukguksong-3 SLBM in the Sea of Japan on the previous day. It is believed to have fallen into waters within Japan's exclusive economic zone.
Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono has apologized for a series of mistakes in data compiled by his ministry, including one related to designating no-fly zones for drones.
The ministry said on Thursday that it corrected mistakes in data on 12 of 13 facilities it designated in June as no-fly zones for drones. Some of the mistakes involved identifying private land as SDF property.
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono says Japan has been working with other countries in analyzing information about the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.
Kono told reporters on Wednesday that Iran-backed Houthi insurgents in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the attack, but the claim has been inconclusive. He said Iran's involvement has not been confirmed as well.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged parties involved in the Hong Kong protests to exercise restraint and resolve their differences peacefully through dialogue.
It's been three months since massive demonstrations began in Hong Kong to protest a bill that would enable suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and an Iranian lawmaker promoting ties with Japan have agreed that the two countries will cooperate to ease tensions in the Middle East.
Kono met with Asadollah Abbasi, head of the Iran-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group, in Tokyo on Monday. The meeting comes at a time of hostilities between Iran and the United States.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has dismissed South Korea's criticism of Japan's decision to strip the country of its preferential trade status.
Kono spoke to reporters on Saturday in Thailand where he met with the foreign ministers of five Southeast Asian nations along the Mekong River to discuss environment and infrastructure issues.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have reaffirmed the close cooperation between their countries following North Korea's firing of projectiles.
Kono and Pompeo talked for about 30 minutes over the phone on Friday, the day after North Korea fired two projectiles into the Sea of Japan. The South Korean government says they were a new type of short-range ballistic missile.
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says the country must take a step in case a Japanese company suffers damage from a move by South Korean plaintiffs. Kono says the government is strongly asking Seoul to respond to prevent such a situation.
Kono was speaking to reporters on Tuesday after South Korean plaintiffs seeking damages for wartime labor announced that they will soon begin court procedures to sell assets from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.