Hundreds of Tokyo residents wearing gray bibs took part in the city’s first simulated missile attack since the end of World War Two, despite an apparent calming of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Today’s exercise came as a North Korean delegation toured potential concert venues in Seoul as part of preparations for the Winter Games to be held in South Korea next month.
Despite the appearance of warmer Korean ties, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned his countrymen to remain vigilant, describing the threat of North Korea’s nuclear and missile development as unprecedented and imminent.
In September last year, North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. It was one of two North Korean missiles to launch over Japan that year, leaving the country greatly alarmed and bolstering Abe’s calls to scrap Japan’s post-World War II pacifist constitution.