Tokyo, Japan. While the North Korean situation has stabilized some, Japan has warned its citizens to be ready for a North Korean missile attack at any time.
The announcement is being aired by 43 television stations across the country between now and early July, while written instructions are also being published in 70 Japanese newspapers, according to Japanese self-defense forces.
Japan’s government has created a nationwide television broadcast advising civilians on how to protect themselves in the event of a North Korean missile attack in the wake of recent regional tensions, sparked by American intervention.
The government’s decision to issue the safety announcement via the media comes as tensions rise steadily in the region due to North Korea repeatedly flouting international sanctions with increasingly frequent missile tests, followed by dramatic American escalation of events.
The new 30-second government announcement offers practical tips on the most effective ways to seek protection if a missile is fired in the direction of Japan from North Korea.
The public service announcement recommends that residents seek shelter in sturdy buildings or underground, as well as hide behind objects, lie face down the floor, stay away from windows and protect their heads if inside a building.
It also confirms that in the event of a missile attack, the government’s satellite-based J-Alert public warning system will inform members of the public through speakers across the country. In April, the Japanese government told regional authorities to hold evacuation drills and also issued survival guidelines to the public, the first instructions from the Japanese government on how to survive an enemy attack since the Second World war.