Terrorist drill held for Fukushima nuclear plant


Police and the Japan Coast Guard conducted a joint drill Saturday to prepare for a possible terrorist attack on the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

About 150 officers and other people, including members of a special assault team of the police, participated in the drill at the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant, about 10 km from Fukushima No. 1. Both plants are operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The National Police Agency fears the stricken Fukushima No. 1 could make for a tempting target for terrorists because the cooling systems there are still highly fragile.

The drill was conducted on the assumption that three terrorists were hiding in a cargo ship berthed at a pier at the facility.

Members of a coast guard antiterrorism team boarded the ship from a helicopter and held two of the three attackers while police captured the third terrorist inside the plant’s compound.

Under another scenario, members of a special assault team and other officers blocked terrorists who were attempting to storm into the nuclear plant in a vehicle with weapons and explosives.

  • Roy Warner

    Fine idea. But these measures assume that the problem comes from outside the plant. Organised crime syndicates or cults could easily place members inside the plants as employees. From that vantage, they could intentionally slow or stop work or sabotage equipment.

  • Utah CleanAir

    If the dynamics of the drill are announced, such as 3 terrorists were here and there, don’t you think the terrorists would try something different? Why do they announce what they do with their drills?

  • Chris McCabe

    Nuclear power will ALWAYS be vulnerable to natural disaster & terrorist attack.