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1st drill for N. Korea missile conducted

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Children take part in an evacuation drill Friday morning in Oga, Akita Prefecture.

Jiji Press OGA, Akita (Jiji Press) — The government on Friday held its first-ever evacuation drill for a possible ballistic missile attack from North Korea, in Oga, Akita Prefecture.

In recent years, North Korea has escalated its acts of provocation, including ballistic missile launches.

Some pundits say that the reclusive communist state may have developed nuclear warheads small enough to fit on ballistic missiles.

The government hopes the drill will improve security measures and put people on higher alert.

The drill, which started at 9:30 a.m., assumed a situation in which a ballistic missile launched by another country fell in Japanese territorial waters in the Sea of Japan off Akita.

The government has not officially clarified that the scenario involved North Korea.

In the drill, the government informed the Akita prefectural and Oga city governments of information including the missile launch and impact predictions via the J-Alert early warning system and the Em-Net emergency information system.Speech

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