JAPAN: National Broadcaster Sends False Nuke Alert

CNN reports:

Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

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.”

The broadcaster apologized for the error, adding “the news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake. No government J alert was issued.” The mistake was corrected within minutes.

(Tipped by JMG reader BK)

  • Todd20036

    Their mistake was corrected in a few minutes.
    Our mistake took 1/2 an hour.

    • kanehau

      Cause we’re on Hawaii time Brah.

      • JCF

        Oh it’s HAWAIIAN! I saw a limited series re the Unabomber last fall, and they said this expression, “Brah”, was from *San Francisco*. For someone born 25 miles from SF, lived more than half my life within 100 miles of there, and has spent countless hours in the City by the Bay, I had NEVER heard of this as a San Fran expression…

  • TuuxKabin

    Something, something, the third one’s the charm.

    If I die before I wake. I’m glad for the cake I baked.

    • Gustav2

      If I die before I wake, I’m glad I ate all the cheesecake!

      • DaddyRay

        Cause of Death: Cheesecake

        • Tawreos

          My inner Golden Girl says that is a good way to go.

          • Uncle Mark

            Unless you’re Blanche; she’d prefer to go out with cheesecake in one end and beefcake in the other

      • Tawreos

        Dammit, I got my mouth all ready for some cheescake and you went and ate it all. Thanks a lot.

        • DaddyRay

          Cause of Death: Murdered for eating all of the Cheesecake

          • Tawreos

            That would be a clear cut case of Justifiable Homicide.

          • TuuxKabin

            That’s why I’m going for PIE.

      • TuuxKabin

        Hmmm. Yum. But I think I’ll go for PIE.

      • JCF

        Make mine: “I’m glad I ate the carrot cake”.

    • gaycuckhubby

      “If I die before I wake up I pray the Lord don’t smudge off my makeup”

      The dress will be fine when the hem I take up
      The dress will be just fine

    • medaka

      I think my phone buzzed. I don’t really care anymore.

      • TuuxKabin

        Eggzxactly. WTF you going to do about it. Sob down the phone to everyone?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Oh for god’s sake !

      • TuuxKabin

        The cake?

    • Gretchen

      I always thought that the original prayer was a horrible thing to teach children. How terrifying for a little kid to go to bed every night thinking they might die in their sleep!

      • TuuxKabin

        I agree. But it gives fuel for sarcasm and black humor. All of that ‘old age’ thought.

        • Gretchen

          I remember saying it as a kid. My parents were not even religious. I think they just wanted to scar me for life.

          • TuuxKabin

            Handed down? I’m probably older than you, and feel generations can, do and should smash those petrified traditions.

          • Gretchen

            I’m an atheist, so consider it smashed in my line. Unfortunately, I know for a fact that one of my sisters says it with her kids nightly, and they are both adolescents. I’m fairly positive it will make it at least another generation with them.

      • OdieDenCO

        times were different back then. death was not something you just read about it was experienced daily. My grandmother recounted tails of surgery done on the kitchen table.

        • Gretchen

          That’s true. Death was a much more practical part of life than it is now. The very thought is something to shelter ourselves from considering. However, that doesn’t quite explain why I was saying it in the 70’s, and my niece and nephew say it now. It feels more like a tool used by evangelicals to plant the seed early and often that going to hell is a distinct possibility. That or sadism runs deep with my people.

          • OdieDenCO

            embedded culture is very hard to change. who taught it to you nephew? I learned it from my parents. who were definitely not evangelicals.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        At the time that prayer was written, the child might have died in the night. That’s why ‘we’ used to have so many children, most of them died before they hit adulthood.

        • Gretchen

          That and lack of effective birth control.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            It was post-birth control. Don’t forget wars, that also cut the population down at the time.

          • Gretchen

            By effective I was thinking The Pill. I’m not sure what birth control was available when it first appeared in 1737 in part or even later in 1840 when it was first printed as a nursery rhyme.

            I don’t think there was any excuse for me saying it in the mid 70’s for sure!

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Sheepgut condoms, and various herbal concoctions.

  • ETownCanuck

    Hmmm…..am I the only one who finds it odd that after all these years of this NOT happening, that it’s happened twice in the space of two weeks?

    • Daveed_WOW

      If nothing else, it shows you how lousy the alert system is…oh wait…maybe that’s what’s happening in the deep state. I’m sure this is Obama’s fault somehow since there was a Democratic controlled Congress once for a few months that maybe sent some money to Japan once or maybe bought some cameras that took pictures from Hillary’s computer that saved the images on a private server that Weiner used to store his Tweet pics and that Nancy Polosi and Jimmy Carter had shares in a company that made gun parts that Mexican drug lords got ahold of thanks to Fast and Furious and then that whole mess in Bengazi and don’t forget the mayor of New Orleans was a Democrat and that Puerto Rico is lousy and not even a state so they got what’s coming and not even Jared Kushner would look for change in Steve Bannon’s leather couch yech more unattractive than Hillary whose husband cheated on her for having such a stuck up daughter and don’t forget Whitewater and that time she beat Vince Foster to death and the FBI covered it up. Or something.

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        Excellent investigative reporting!!! I give 4-1/2 stars. You would have received 5 stars if you had included the obvious Soros connection. Bonus points would have been given for Reverend Wright or Alinsky references.

        • Scott MB

          The connection to Hillary’s emails and pizzagate connection would have won you the internet.

      • AmeriCanadian


    • Randy Ellicott

      I am betting that many organizations are testing their systems given the tension that our country has created around the world thanks to trump. In HI they were completing an internal test of the system and i would bet that NHK was doing the same thing and someone didn’t press the right sequence. I am betting many people are a bit concerned about the Olympics and what the moron in chief is going to do/say to make the world even more unsafe…

    • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

      These are not accidents.

    • prixator

      It’s less than one week.

  • bkmn


  • sadoldguy

    Coincidences happen all the time, but really?

    No, I am not wearing any tinfoil.

    • TuuxKabin

      Don’t gotta.

    • Tawreos

      Two different countries, two different systems, both in range of a madman with nukes, same error I am not sure that a tinfoil hat is required here.

      • David Walker

        Lead hats, however, are really cumbersome. Not to mention heavy. The lead-lined hats are a little better, but it’s best to have no nuclear threats at all.

        • ChrisMorley

          HM the Queen was moaning on TV at the weekend about how heavy her Crowns are (she has several, as One does).

          Video https://www.trendsmap.com/twitter/tweet/952435442183532544

          • David Walker

            And did one watch the programme? The promo certainly made it seem like the Q&A would be quite interesting, unless one is anti-royals.

        • JCF

          “but it’s best to have no nuclear threats at all.”


  • another_steve

    I can see it now – malicious hackers craving the spotlight, doing these false alerts just for the fun of it.

    Too cynical of me, you think?

    • DaddyRay

      Maybe they are trying to distract from Bitcoin crashing

      • killreligion

        I hate to be mean but I find myself smiling at the crash.

        The bubble was driven by a bunch of smarmy twenty somethings bragging at how rich they are, and dressing horribly for some reason, who’ve done nothing to create value or earn there non real world bit-wealth

        Reminds me of a dinner I had years ago, young lady from mountain view sitting on a pile of warrants from start ups that didn’t pay her a salary “I never thought I’d be a multi millionaire at 24”. I thought, you aren’t. Few months later the tech crash, and she’d been piling up credit card debt to live with no pay. Tough life lesson but I doubt she learned anything

    • Bambino

      It’s not unrealistic for hackers in a coordinate effort to trigger the nuclear alarm among nations. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e40e2ce4766ebee1f23b99f41da968818b62d2ef990734dbc5eed54f049f14cf.gif

      • David Walker

        Thanks, Bambino! I like being reminded of that movie from time to time.

  • Duh-David

    With all the Batman villains scheming in the White House, villainous Lex Luthor running Russia and the worlds computers, and Dr. Psycho testing nukes in the DPRK, does anyone else wonder if someone is testing major alert systems for a nefarious purpose? If you see the Justice League, please ask them too look into this. And send Bond to check on one of those secret, underwater, volcano bases guarded by laser-sharks.

  • Dazzer

    It makes me glad that I don’t have a smartphone.

    It’d be about three hours after the bomb dropped before I got a message that there’s a threat.

  • Pip

    Another accident?

  • TexasBoy

    Prank, or coincidence? Hmmmm…

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    The hell is going on ?! .

    • AmeriCanadian

      Prepping the pleebs.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Seems so eh ?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Sorry, but I am focused on my finely tuned Gaydar blasting loud w/ Dave Briggs

  • Bride of Trump

    What Trump hath wrought.

  • billbear1961
  • Droz

    Anyone else find it suspicious that the same exact thing happened so soon?


    • Randy Ellicott

      Not really, given the state of the world created by trump many places are probably testing the systems that haven’t been seriously looked at for decades, mistakes will be made and hopefully addressed and corrected.

  • billbear1961

    through the glass, darkly

    • TuuxKabin

      Very darkly.

  • Bambino

    Fear for the lack of resources, I think this nuke scare is to kill off the weakest first. If you can’t survive a test, you won’t in the real event 😛

  • Friday

    Well, that’s sure suspicious, the same ‘mistake’ twice in two different likely target places? Is there a design flaw in the alert system/s they’re using?

  • Scout

    I just read someone’s theory on Twitter that Russia has invaded the communications systems of both US and Japan, and is proving it can create chaos, in order to gain control. Neither country would want to admit to their public that Russia had gained abilities to game their systems, so they claim it was a mistake. The theory was that Russia is upset that Mueller is getting closer to destroying their investments and is doing this to exert control.

    • Menergy


    • Halou

      If true then we may as well send our passport renewal applications to the nearest Russian embassy, with that much control over our systems how can we not be a part of Russia in essence if not in name?

  • ColdCountry

    People getting a bit twitchy?

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Kind of reminds me of when Trump was first elected, there were several, short ‘interruptions’ of cable broadcasts. I think (think) CNN was shunted to RT, and the lights went out during some televised congressional meeting?

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    That’s not something to be ‘copycatting’ about.

  • JWC

    Are these maybe hacks by an outside source Thankfully Japan’s response was faster altough I don’t believe Japan has much of an arsenal

  • FelineMama

    “Error”? Accident? Intentional? Incompetence? Who really knows.

  • Once can be an accident. This smells damned fishy to me.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    One word: Hacking

    One question: who?

    Two suspects: Putin or Trump

  • Gianni

    Li’l Kim must be loving this. He has everyone on edge over his threats.