The Headquarters for Promoting the Establishment of the Disaster Resilient Japan (Chairman: Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai) in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will start discussing building nuclear shelters based on the scenario of a North Korean ballistic missile strike on Japan. The LDP will set up a task force at the headquarters within the month to examine the necessary functions and the feasibility of the plan.
Nuclear shelters are evacuation facilities to protect people against nuclear attacks and the subsequent effects of radiation. Currently Japan has no evacuation facilities specifically for nuclear missile attacks that can accommodate large numbers of citizens. Subway stations and underground shopping arcades lack the food and and other supplies needed for long-term evacuation and would provide little protection against blasts and the penetration of radioactive substances. However, the construction of nuclear shelters would require land and large amounts of funding. A young LDP member says, “It won’t be easy to turn the idea into reality.”