Establishment of the Emergency Headquarters within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in relation to the Launching of a Missile by North Korea Purported to be "Satellite"

April 11, 2012
Japanese

  1. Following the announcement on March 16 that North Korea would be launching a missile purported to be "satellite", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs established the liaison office headed by the Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau and has been carrying out information collection and other activities.

  2. In consideration of the current situation in which there is a rising possibility of a missile purported to be "satellite" being launched by North Korea after the following day, in order to enhance information collection and prepare for every possible eventuality, the above liaison office was reorganized, and as of 13:00 on April 11, "the Emergency Headquarters within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in relation to the Launching of a Missile by North Korea Purported to be 'Satellite'" headed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs was established.

  3. While the Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba is on business trip abroad, the Headquarters will keep close contact with the Minister, receive his instructions, and prepare for every eventuality under the leadership of the Senior Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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