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NHK issues erroneous online bulletin on North Korean missile launch

  • January 17, 2018
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All national dailies wrote that on Tuesday evening NHK erroneously issued an online bulletin saying that North Korea had fired a missile. At around 6:55 p.m. the broadcaster issued on its news website and app a news flash stating in Japanese: “North Korea appears to have launched a missile. J-Alert. The government urges people to shelter inside buildings or underground.” Several minutes later, NHK posted a message saying that the bulletin was a mistake and no J-Alert warning had been issued. An NHK announcer also acknowledged the mistake during the broadcaster’s “News 7” program. According to the broadcaster, an employee erroneously activated a device for sending out a news flash online.

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