Japanese citizens are being told they may have less than 10 minutes to prepare for a North Korean missile attack.
“When a missile is launched from North Korea, it will not take long to reach Japan,” an official communique from the Japanese government reads. It was released this week. “For example, the ballistic missile launched from [North Korea] on February 7 last year took 10 minutes to fly over Okinawa.”
Officials in some parts of Japan are preparing to hold air raid drills for the first time since World War II, and they’re telling citizens to practice taking shelter, The Washington Post reported. A post on the government website urges people to “evacuate to a substantial building or underground shopping area” if they are outside, and to lie down under cover and away from windows if inside.
There is an official warning system for a missile attack called “J-Alert,” but even many politicians have little faith in it.
“A missile may not be detected as soon as it leaves the launch pad … and that could take several minutes,” Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura told The Japan Times. “Depending on the case, the warnings and alarms might only sound four or five minutes before a missile arrives.”
Not surprisingly, sales of bomb shelters have skyrocketed in Japan.
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