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Japan conducts evacuation drills amid nuclear missile threat

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TOKYO — The Japanese government is preparing its citizens in case a North Korean missile comes their way — possibly with less than 10 minutes’ warning.

About 550 people in the Sea of Japan coastal city of Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, participated in an evacuation drill conducted under a scenario that the city received central government reports that a missile was headed its way.

When the first report arrived, a siren went off and residents were told, either electronically or by town officials, to take cover in their homes, underground shelters and ditches if they were out in the fields.

The well-drilled players huddled in the shade for a moment as the coach counted heads and then they jogged to a nearby government office.

“Even if it’s a drill, I feel scared thinking that broken pieces of glass could fly towards me,” Aren Arifuku said.

The team spent about 10 minutes kneeling with their hands over their heads.

“I felt frightened, you never know when it [a North Korean missile] will be fired and our life becomes unstable,” said fellow player Koki Ishida.

Being a sporting man, coach Masafumi Ishida naturally had some statistics to share about the baseball players’ performance.

“As for a score, I’d like to give them 80 points,” Mr Ishida said.

Kotoura is a sleepy coastal town in Tottori prefecture, on Japan’s west coast. Looking out from its famed sand dunes, North Korea lies beyond the horizon.

Tottori prefecture is close to the likely flight path of any North Korean missiles heading towards the United States territory of Guam.

Its local government is particularly active in holding emergency drills.

Japan’s official civil defense website has had 5.7 million visitors in the first 23 days of April after North Korea has issued threats and paraded missiles this month — compared with usual monthly traffic of less than 400,000 hits, WahingPost reported.

Under the “frequently asked questions” section, the government poses the question of how many minutes it would take for a missile to reach Japan.

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Govt forms panel to look into vegetable syndicate

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KATHMANDU — The government has formed a committee to look into the issues of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market and come up with a viable solution after receiving several complaints from customers regarding the price of vegetables skyrocketing due to the prevalence of syndicate.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav formed a seven-member committee on Tusday. Nabaraj Dhakal, the joint secretary and also spokesperson at Ministry for Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), has been appointed as the chair of the committee.

Other members of the committee are joint secretaries of the Ministry of Agricultural and Livestock Development and Ministry of Home Affairs, Executive Director of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Committee Tejendra Prasad Poudel, a deputy inspector general of Nepal Police and two officer-level staff of MoICS.

Earlier, vegetable traders had halted trade at the Market demanding immediate release of Bharat Khatiwada and Ujwal Dhungana, who had been arrested on Monday for creating disturbance and obstructing the vegetable market monitoring.

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