For the first time in its history, the city of Tokyo and its population of 9.3 million will hold regular nuclear attack drills.
The drills, in response to the threat of attack from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, will be held at regular intervals between January and March. During the drills, citizens will practice evacuating their homes, offices, and public transit and heading to underground shelters upon the signal from government warning sirens.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had avoided conducting these drills in major cities because he didn’t want to incite panic. Smaller towns and villages have already been conducting the drills in preparation for a possible attack from North Korea.
Most Japanese now firmly believe war with the Hermit Kingdom could break out at any moment. Not only does the Kim regime harbor a great deal of pent up animus toward Korea’s World War II occupiers, but the country is also home to many U.S. military bases that would likely be the staging grounds for an attack or invasion.
Last Friday, Hawaii began testing its nuclear attack warning system, which is expected to provide about 20 minutes’ notice to residents and visitors. The minute-long test was integrated with the monthly testing of other warning signals.
Full article: Tokyo Begins Nuclear Attack Drills (TruNews)