A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday.
China, Japan and South Korea warmed their chilly relations Wednesday, brought together by a common goal: ending North Korea's nuclear program.
Japan has praised President Donald Trump's pledge of putting maximum pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile threats.
83 percent of Japanese respondents and 82 percent of U.S. respondents view the regime in North Korea as a potential threat.
North Korea's recent missile launches and nuclear tests have again prompted discussion in Tokyo on Japan's policy against becoming a nuclear state.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had a 40-minute phone chat with President Donald Trump in which they analyzed North Korea's latest missile launch and what action to take.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile – designed to carry a nuclear payload – over Japan. The missile eventually splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean.
President Trump's threats against North Korea are a means to "remind the regime" in Pyongyang what is at stake if it starts a war it cannot win, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday.