The Japanese government on Friday lifted an order for the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down any North Korean missile headed toward its territory.
The order was issued on April 7 after North Korea showed signs of launching a missile, but nothing happened. The order, which expires on July 7, was never officially made public.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera ordered missile defense batteries to be removed from the grounds of the Defense Ministry in Tokyo and other locations, Fuji TV quoted a defense ministry spokesperson as saying late Friday.
During the heightened alert, Aegis destroyers equipped with sea-based interceptor missiles were deployed in the Sea of Japan.© Japan Today