NHK and NTV reported at noon that several U.S. media outlets have reported that a new interceptor missile failed to hit a target in a test conducted off Hawaii on Wednesday. NHK said the U.S. and Japan are currently developing the SM3 Block IIA interceptor missile jointly in order to be able to respond to North Korea’s ballistic missile attacks. The network said the test was carried out by staff at a testing facility for the Aegis Ashore system, adding that the Department of Defense is now conducting a detailed analysis of the failure. NHK said although the missile successfully shot down a target in the first interceptor missile test held last February, it failed in its second test in June. If it is confirmed that the interceptor missile failed to hit the target this time, it will be the missile’s second failure. The network added that the USG decided last month to sell four of these missiles to Japan for about 14.5 billion yen.