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04/11/2009

North Korea's missile: No confusion was reported in Shiga

On April 5th when North Korea's missile flew over Japan, the staff of the Shiga Prefectural Government and other municipalities in Shiga were busy transmitting information on the missile. However, the Disaster and Crisis Management Bureau says no confusion was reported.

At the Prefectural Office, officials of the DCMB took the round-the-clock system. Every time they received messages from the central government regarding the missile, they sent emergency messages to 43 organizations including the Prefectural Police Headquarters and 26 municipalities, using telephone and fax. Then the municipalities informed citizens of the situation.

"Everything went well this time because we knew the missile would be launched. But it will be almost impossible to deal with this kind of crisis if North Korea launches a missile without warning," says an executive official of the DCMB, pointing out the need to solve problems at the diplomatic level.

(Mainichi Shimbun, April 6, 2009)

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