Japan did not try to shoot down North Korean rocket: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan did not take action to shoot down a rocket launched by North Korea on Sunday, though it flew over Japan's southern Okinawa prefecture, public broadcaster NHK said.

North Korea launched the long-range rocket carrying what it has said is a satellite, South Korea's defense ministry said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the launch of the "missile" was unacceptable.

(Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Mark Bendeich)