Tokyo to Increase Missile Evacuation Facilities

Politics

Tokyo, July 10 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to designate more facilities in the Japanese capital as temporary emergency shelters to protect residents from blasts from possible ballistic missile attacks.

The Tokyo government has started a survey for selecting public facilities that can be designated as such shelters, in response to growing security threats, such as from Russia's invasion of Ukraine and a series of missile launches by North Korea.

Such temporary emergency shelters are intended for citizens to evacuate for about an hour or two when missile landing appears possible.

Designation is made by prefectural governors or mayors of ordinance-designated major cities based on the civil protection law after consent is obtained from facility operators.

In May, the Tokyo government newly designated 109 facilities, including stations of the metropolitan government-run subway service and Tokyo Metro Co., a subway operator, on top of schools and facilities for the elderly that had already been given the designation. The number of facilities with the temporary shelter designation in Tokyo now stands at about 3,000.

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