Because of the recent fears that North Korea could hold a nuclear or missile test as early as Tuesday, April 25th, Japan has begun taking precautionary measures. But with Tokyo admitting there will likely be only about 10 minutes between the time a warning is issued and impact, those in or near the targeted area will have little time to flee to safety. Japan has a created a system known as J-Alert which is responsible for getting the warning out about an imminent attack. Any information will be broadcast via J-Alert, telephone, and cyberspace to disaster management officials at the local level. From there, lower level governments will relay warnings via outdoor loudspeaker systems, emergency broadcast channels on cable TV, FM radio broadcasts and cell phone alerts. If a signal is transmitted, the government recommends retreating to the strongest concrete building near you or to go underground if at all possible. At a meeting in Tokyo, representatives urged to make additional plans to warn citizens and prepare them for an attack. One of the first cities to begin responding to these urges was Osaka. The mayor, Hirofumi Yoshimura, announced that the city will establish an emergency response team in the event of a North Korean attack. Prefectural governments are also creating new laws to make evaluation much easier such as a new law making evacuation mandatory in the case of an attack. Japan has admitted that it will be hard to determine when and if a nuclear weapon has been launched but feels as though they are prepared for the event.
“Japan gets real: what to do when the 10-minute missile warning comes.” The Japan Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.