Tokyo holds missile evacuation drill

Hundreds of volunteers take part in Tokyo's first evacuation drill on Monday in preparation for the event of a possible North Korean missile strike.
Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill yesterday, with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters for the Japanese capital in the event of a North Korean missile strike. The choreograp
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Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill yesterday, with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters for the Japanese capital in the event of a North Korean missile strike. The choreographed evacuations at a fairground and park ringing the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium involved around 300 volunteers.

Meanwhile, small groups of protesters scuffled with police as they demonstrated against what they criticised as a war game that fanned public fear. Even as hope grows that North Korea's participation in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea may help defuse tension in the region, Japan is escalating efforts to prepare its citizens for a possible war.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2018, with the headline 'Tokyo holds missile evacuation drill'. Print Edition | Subscribe