Rattled Japan Holds Missile Attack Drill Amid N. Korea Tensions

  Elementary school students crouch during an evacuation drill in Oga, Japan, on Friday. Jun Hirata / Kyodo News via AP It follows North Korea’s launch of four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast earlier this month, with one landing about 124 miles from Oga. Authorities organizing the drill refrained from naming any particular country that could be involved in a missile attack on Japan. The Oga city government’s disaster prevention website said the drill was conducted under the hypothetical scenario of ballistic missiles launched by a “Nation X” landing in the waters 12 miles off the coast of Akita Prefecture. Residents of the largely rural peninsula — which juts into the ocean about 280 miles north of Tokyo — made their way to a designated evacuation center equipped with emergency kits and protective gear. Children in another part of town crouched down to the ground before hurrying inside a gymnasium. “I’ve seen missiles flying between foreign countries on television, but I never imagined this would happen to us,” Hideo Motokawa, a 73-year-old who participated in the drill, told Reuters. Officials said the exercise was prompted by growing concern about the regional security situation. Speaking at a press conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said: “We believe this is a very important exercise in terms of furthering the understanding among residents about the actions they need to...

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