Disaster drills to prepare for huge earthquakes, based for the first time on a gigantic Nankai Trough quake scenario, were conducted across the nation Sunday, as Sept. 1 is Disaster Prevention Day.
The government conducted for the first time a comprehensive disaster drill based on the premise that the predicted Nankai Trough quake occurred. An emergency antidisaster headquarters chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was set up and simulated making decisions on how to cope with the disaster.
The drills started at 6:05 a.m. based on a scenario in which a magnitude-9.1 earthquake occurred with the epicenter located somewhere in the trough stretching from off Shizuoka Prefecture down to the Hyuganada Sea off Miyazaki Prefecture, with shocks reaching the top of the Japanese intensity scale of 7 occurring in wide areas from western Shizuoka Prefecture to northern plains of Miyazaki Prefecture.
The probability for the Kanto region to be hit by a powerful earthquake - lower 6 or higher on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 - within 30 years has risen, the government panel's latest quake probability map showed Friday. (The Japan News)
Sales of special Suica cards to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station were canceled soon after they began Saturday, as a large crowd of people flooded the area. (The Japan News)
The Niigata prefectural government started clearing a section of National Highway Route 405 in Tsunan in the prefecture on Friday, after a landslide mixed with snow blocked off about 50 meters of the road the night before. (The Japan News)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)