Japanese Public Broadcaster NHK Issues False Alarm Over North Korean Missile Launch

It's deja vu, all over again.

Just four days after residents of Hawaii lived through 38 minutes of doomsday hell, after a false public broadcast alarm announced that a ballistic missile launch was headed for the island, only to reverse and announce later it was a mistake, moments ago Japan's National broadcaster NHK’s app issued a false J-Alert to phones over a North Korean missile launch at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday evening local time.

The message, received by phone users with the NHK app installed on their devices, read: "NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground. "

It then promptly corrected the error just 5 minutes later, at around 7 p.m.

After the false alert, NHK issued an on-air apology on Tuesday evening local time, saying "the news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake. No government J alert was issued."

"Around 6:55pm earlier we reported on the NHK's news site and NHK's news disaster prevention application ‘Pattern of North Korean missile launch’ but this was incorrectly issued. J alert has not appeared. I must sincerely apologize,” the news outlet wrote.

The bizarre coincidence of two false alarms announcing the start of nuclear war is certainly suspicious.

The false alert came on the same day as the US and Canada planned to host talks in Vancouver over the crisis on the Korean Peninsula after a year of missile tests and threats from the North.

As a reminder, on Saturday, an emergency alert notification sent out to residents of Hawaii warning of an incoming "ballistic missile threat" turned out to be a false alarm. The error was blamed on an employee who "pushed the wrong button." "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," the emergency alert read.

The warning went out on television and radio as well as cell phones, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige, sparking panic amongst some residents. A second emergency alert was sent to phones in Hawaii 38 minutes after the initial message confirming the false alarm.




Klassenfeind JackT Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:31 Permalink

I don't understand the big drama about those snowflakes hugging, crying and screaming during that Hawaii alert.

If you suddenly find out that you'll only have minutes left to live, then don't make a big fuss about it: either the threat is real and it'll be over quickly, and when it's a fake alert you live another day to BTFD.

Death is a part of life, so live with it!

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Chupacabra-322 AlexCharting Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:50 Permalink

Predictive Programming 

The theory proposes that public media (such as films, television, news casts, etc.) are deliberately seeded with subtle clues to future social, political, or technological changes. According to the theory, when the relevant change is later introduced into the world, the public has become used to the idea through exposure, and therefore passively accepts it rather than offering resistance or opposition. Predictive programming is therefore thought to be a means of propaganda or mass psychological conditioning that operates on a subliminal or implicit level.



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JDFX Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:30 Permalink

Actors representing North Korea are running the show here.  Genius. 


Wargames. Your opponent controls your systems. 

land_of_the_few Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:36 Permalink

Isn't 5 mins about enough time for a missile to travel that distance? One of their insanely high test shots took 9 mins and then cartwheeled into the Sea of Japan, but it was sent multiple times higher than required for such a close target.

Presumably the warning didn't specify time to impact?

Like - you have 3 minutes to prepare. 5 minutes later... oh, sorry guys, false alert!