Millions of Japanese residents living in Tokyo are set to take part in a nuclear attack exercise as the threat rises from a nuclear-armed North Korea.
The national government, along with local city governments, will state nuclear attack drills from January to March, in preparation for a potential attack on the capital.
Japanese communities facing North Korea have already taken part in drills this past summer as Pyongyang lobbed IBCMs over their towns and cities.
Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, has also called in local governments throughout the country to identify underground facilities or buildings that are sufficiently sturdy to withstand a missile attack and to designate those facilities as shelters.
Given North Korea’s worsening relations with surrounding nations and the regime’s advances in nuclear weapons and missile systems, many in Japan believe evacuation exercises for the public are a prudent precaution.
“I believe the threat is very real and that war could break out at any time”, said Ken Kato, a human rights campaigner who lives in Tokyo. “I also believe that the average Japanese person does not want to think about the worst-case scenario because it is simply too unpleasant, but we cannot keep our heads in the sand any longer.” [source]
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