August 28, 2017 / 10:07 PM / in a year

Japan PM Abe says to protect Japanese public after North Korea fires missile

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would do all in his power to protect the Japanese public after North Korea fired a missile that passed over the country’s territory.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a speech during a memorial ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two, at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

“We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people,” Abe told reporters in brief remarks as he entered his office for emergency meetings on the missile firing.

Writing by William Mallard, editing by G Crosse

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