Jul 7, 2015

MSDF, Coast Guard to hold 'gray zone' drill off Izu Oshima

The Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard are planning their first joint drill for a “gray zone” incident that would stop short of a military attack on Japan, according to a government source. The drill will be held “soon” near Izu Oshima ...

Toranomon Hills complex conducts Tokyo disaster drill

Jan 16, 2015

Toranomon Hills complex conducts Tokyo disaster drill

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A major commercial complex in Tokyo opened its doors to hypothetical disaster victims Friday to test its staff’s ability to handle a citywide emergency. The exercise took place at Mori Building Co.’s new Toranomon Hills complex, where commuters might seek shelter and sustenance in ...

Japan-U.S. nuclear disaster drill held at Yokosuka base

Dec 17, 2014

Japan-U.S. nuclear disaster drill held at Yokosuka base

Japan and the United States held a nuclear contamination exercise at the U.S. Navy Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture on Wednesday. The drill centered on the scenario of a crew member aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier George Washington being exposed to radiation. About 170 ...

Nerve gas attack training drill held at Hibiya Station

Nov 20, 2014

Nerve gas attack training drill held at Hibiya Station

First responders including police and fire fighters conducted a drill at a Tokyo subway station on Thursday, the first of its kind held at an actual transit facility. Around 300 specialists responded to a hypothetical emergency involving sarin nerve gas at Hibiya Station, which ...

Thousands take part in drill around Ishikawa nuclear plant

Nov 3, 2014

Thousands take part in drill around Ishikawa nuclear plant

Drills were held Sunday and Monday to respond to a severe accident at the Shika nuclear plant in Ishikawa Prefecture. The drill assumed that Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s power plant had been hit at 8 a.m. Sunday by an earthquake measuring upper 6 on ...

Oct 22, 2014

Japan to conduct maritime drills with Russian Navy

The Maritime Self-Defense Force will conduct a joint search and rescue exercise with the Russian Navy in the Sea of Japan later this month, the Defense Ministry’s Maritime Staff Office said. It will be the first joint drill between the MSDF and the Russian ...