Official tweet from the Prime Minister's Official Residence:
Just a short while ago, North Korea's missile, or "satellite", was launched toward southern direction. We will let you know as soon as we get more information.
The missile was launched at about 9:49AM.
It is estimated to fall on the Pacific Ocean about 300 kilometers east of the Philippines.
No, the Japanese government did not shoot it down, though it apparently flew over Okinawa.
Drama and suspense that LDP's Abe may have been hoping for are gone now. Still, his party seems to be duping enough voters and is expected to win the outright majority with the coalition partner Komei Party, who clearly enjoys being in the ruling coalition whether the main party is DPJ or LDP.