Nuclear shelter sales SURGE in Japan as fears grow over North Korea Sarin gas threat


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Japan is stepping up care measures following sarin gas threats from North Korea

Disquietudes about a possible gas attack in Japan have grown after prime sky pilot Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary session in April that North Korea may set up the capability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve gas.

His note ofs saw a sudden demand for nuclear shelters, with one small company ascertaining the equivalent of a year’s worth of orders in the space of just three weeks.

Multiple projectile tests conducted by North Korea since the start of the year, subsuming the recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, have sparked nervous alarm in Japan, creating a flurry of civil defence activity not noted in the country since World War Two.

At least nine Japanese municipalities have conducted evacuation drills since North Korean ballistic missiles landed in the sea within Japan’s exclusive economic zone in March.

The utmost interest in home shelters also came after the government issued a 30-second tip on primetime television, imploring Japanese citizens to seek shelter in unwavering concrete buildings or flee underground in the event of an attack.

The warning warned those stranded in their homes to hide behind sturdy things, lie face down on the floor and to stay away from windows.

Such opinion has unwittingly caused the entire nation to panic, and seek to create a securely place to flee if North Korea struck.


Kim Jong-un honours the successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile

Seiichiro Nishimoto’s protection manufacturing company has seen inquiries rise dramatically since the start of the year.

The Osaka-based unmovable has sold more than a dozen shelters in the past two months – twice as numerous as it used to sell in a whole year.

The 80-year-old businessman said: “Ton of our customers are worried about nuclear fallout from a North Korean raid.

“I think we should have shelters everywhere in Japan. People gripe about the cost, but the smallest ones are no more expensive than a parentage car.”

Mr Nishimoto added he had taken three orders in just the past week, and was in talks with the proprietors of an apartment block to install a communal shelter.

Nobuko Oribe, the steersman of Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, said her firm had received twice as assorted orders in April and May than during the whole of 2016.

She added: We went be means of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and now, 70 years later, people are worried to nuclear attacks again.”


Thousands of North Koreans took on the whole in elaborate celebrations following the Hwasong-14 ICBM launch

The firm, which was bring about by Ms Oribe’s grandfather just after the Cuban missile crisis, come forwards a range of shelters — including one shelter for up to 13 people costing £171,028 — or 25 million Japanese Yen. 

The house has also sold out of its Swiss-made air purifiers, said to keep out radiation and baleful gases.

Critics of Japan’s conservative Prime Minister have accused him of working fears of a North Korean war to justify record defence spending and turn aside focus from controversial plans to revise Japan’s “pacifist” constitution.

Setting aside how, there are those that say the fears aren’t entirely misplaced.

According to Japan’s sway, it would take only 10 minutes for a missile to cover the 995-miles between the North Korean shoot site and a US military facility based on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.


The Hwasong-14 brickbat was successfully launched by North Korea earlier this month

Yoshihiko Kurotori, a Wakayama neighbourhood who has recently installed a shelter in his own garden, feels that seven decades of peace of mind in Japan has made citizens complacent.

He said: “They think the supervision will take care of everything, and that as long as we have an anti-war constitution that we’ll be champion.

“But just look around … Japan is surrounded but instability, on the Korean peninsula, in the South China Sea.

“I don’t be sure where I’ll be if and when North Korea attacks, and I understand why my neighbours contemplate I’ve gone over the top, but all I want to do is improve my chances of survival. I don’t see anything shameful with that.”

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