Tokyo governments face quake steps


The government is weighing whether it should ask more than 300 Tokyo-area municipalities to take intensive measures to prepare for an earthquake projected to hit the capital, informed sources said.

The government will make a decision on the matter later this month, the sources said.

The municipalities, in Tokyo and nine neighboring prefectures, are all areas where serious damage is expected to occur if a huge quake occurs directly under Tokyo.

The government will draw up basic guidelines that call on those municipalities to take steps, including making more buildings earthquake-resistant and expanding road widths in densely populated areas to prevent fire from spreading, to mitigate the worst effects.