Millions of Japanese will take part in evacuation drills in Tokyo as the country simulates a nuclear attack
- Tokyo will conduct nuclear evacuation drills for the first time next year?
- The drills will take place between January and March in central Tokyo
- Residents will practice heading to shelters as warning sirens blast out
- North Korea last week fired a powerful nuclear-capable ballistic missile
The drills will take place between January and March in central Tokyo, which has a population of 9.3million.??
Residents and commuters will practice evacuating their homes and offices and heading to underground shelters as warning sirens blast around the city.
Tokyo will conduct nuclear evacuation drills for the first time next year in case Kim Jong Un launches a ballistic missile attack from North Korea. Pictured: Tokyo
Although small Japanese towns facing North Korea have already conducted such drills, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has avoided evacuating?highly populated metropolitan areas so as not to cause alarm.?
But the increasing threat from North Korea, which last week tested long-range ballistic missiles, means they can't be put off any longer.
Tokyo resident Ken Kato told The Telegraph: 'I believe the threat is very real and that war could break out at any time.
'Evacuation drills are a sensible precaution that would help to minimise casualties, in much the same way as we practise what to do in the event of a major earthquake.'
It is feared that Japan would be a major target of North Korean aggression as it has several large US military bases including near Tokyo.?
On Friday Hawaii tested a nuclear warning alert for the first time in decades.
The state sounded 385 sirens to give residents and tourists a 20-minute warning if?North Korean?nuclear missiles are inbound.??
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department's command center in Honolulu
The wailing sirens sounded for a minute Friday after the usual testing of a system to alert people to natural disasters.?
The sirens produce a different tone than the long, steady tsunami warning that people in Hawaii have grown accustomed to, and includes a wailing in the middle, to distinguish it further.
North Korea last week fired a powerful nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile that some believe could reach Japan and even the US mainland.
Kim Jong-un claims he has the ability to strike Washington, DC and Japan with nuclear missiles
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