Tokyo holds evacuation drill to prepare for N. Korean threat

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FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “all options are on the table” in terms of a U.S. response to North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan. President Donald Trump and Abe conferred by […]

TOKYO (AP) – More than 300 people have participated in an evacuation drill in Tokyo under the scenario of an incoming North Korean ballistic missile.

The drill was held at the Tokyo Dome amusement park, a subway station and a community center downtown. Loudspeakers warned that Monday’s activities involved a scenario of a missile attack and urged people to shelter indoors or go underground.

At the amusement park, operators immediately stopped the rides. Some of the 200 employees who were pretending to be park visitors left picnic tables and rides and calmly marched to a basement.

Similar drills have been conducted elsewhere in Japan since last year amid threats from North Korea. Monday’s the first missile evacuation drill in Tokyo.

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