Japanese National Alert System To Inform if Evacuations are Canceled

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The Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo

The government announced Tuesday that it will change the operation of J-Alert, the national early warning system, to notify if an evacuation is no longer necessary after a ballistic missile launch that could hit Japan. The announcement was reportedly made during a briefing for local governments, in preparation for the launch of a “military reconnaissance satellite” that North Korea has announced.

When North Korea launched a ballistic missile on April 13, the government issued warnings via J-Alert and Em-Net that the missile could fall in the vicinity of Hokkaido. However, only Em-Net, an emergency information network system for local governments, transmitted information that the threat had ended,.