Japan conducts first missile evacuation drill for civilians
The Japanese Government has reportedly conducted a civilian missile evacuation drill in the wake of increasing missile threats from North Korea.
Conducted in the northern city of Oga, the drill witnessed participation from more than 100 residents and schoolchildren, The Associated Press reported.
Said to be the first of its kind, the drill aimed to make people aware of ballistic missile launches, media sources reported.
Japan chief cabinet counsellor Atsushi Odani was quoted by CNN as saying: "The government is doing its best to be amicable to the countries so that the country would not shoot a missile.”
During the event, emergency information was broadcasted to local municipalities through the J-Alert emergency advisory service, according to The Japan Times.
The information was then transmitted to residents, who had already registered for the information.
The drill involved warning people about a possible missile launch and requesting the participants to move to safe places.
On 6 March, North Korea test-fired four ballistic missiles, three of which fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Earlier this month, the navies of the US, Japan and South Korea conducted a trilateral missile defence informational link exercise (LINKEX) in order to promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations.
USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG-991), and JS Kirishima (DDG-174) participated in the exercise, which employed tactical data link systems to trade communications, intelligence and other data among the ships.