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04/05/2009

Pref. Government prepares for North Korea's "artificial satellite"

On April 2nd the Shiga Prefectural Government exercised itself in simultaneously dispatching emergency messages to related organizations including municipalities. To deal with North Korea's "artificial satellite," which is largely believed to be a ballistic missile capable of attaching a nuclear warhead, the drill was aimed at making sure that the procedure works well. If Pyongyang launches the missile, it's said that the missile will reach Japan's territory in 5-10 minutes.

The missile drill was held on the assumption that an emergency message might be sent from the Fire Defences Agency during the day at the weekend. In order to transmit information, Shiga officials in charge of the operation used faxes,  private wire networks, and cell phones. It took 5 minutes to finish all the procedure.

The SPG plans to take the round-the-clock system to deal with the missile during the weekend when North Korea is likely to launch it.

(Kyoto Shimbun, April 4, 2009)

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