Japan ship returns amid N. Korea

Japan has ordered a destroyer with advanced radar to return early from multinational war games in the Pacific Ocean over concerns about a possible North Korean missile launch, a news report said Thursday.

The destroyer is being recalled from exercises with ships from the U.S. and other allies in waters off Hawaii, amid concerns that North Korea may soon test-fire a long-range Taepodong-2 missile, Kyodo News agency said in a Washington-datelined story.