Japan, U.S. plan joint disaster drill

JIJI

The Japanese and the United States forces plan to conduct a joint relief drill on Shikoku in October to prepare for the possibility of a massive earthquake, Japanese defense officials said.

The drill will take place in Kochi Prefecture to prepare for the dreaded Nankai Trough quake scenario, in which a major offshore temblor strikes off the Pacific coastline of central and western Japan, the officials said Thursday.

The drill is likely to include transportation of supplies, and the controversial V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft is expected to see action as the U.S. phases out its CH-46 helicopters.