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.Follow @gorkhapost
Int’l conference on entrepreneurship to be held in Dhangadhi
KAILALI— An international conference on entrepreneurship is being held in Dhangadhi on November 22, 23 and 24 for the promotion of entrepreneurship.
The conference is being organized under the aegis of the Dhangadi Sub-metropolitan City and King’s College, Kathmandu, the Sub-metropolis mayor Nripa Bahadur Wad shared in a news conference here today.
Successful entrepreneurs from various countries and local industrialists will give their presentations in the three-day meet.
Chief of the Research Department at the King’s College Kathmandu, Chittaranjan Pandeya, said such a big and important conference is taking place for the first time outside the Kathmandu.
It is stated that the conference cost is approximately Rs 2.5 million.
Some 200 people will attend the conference which will also include stalls providing information on a range of issues regarding entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills.Follow @gorkhapost