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Updated:December 22, 2017

About action we should take at the time of a ballistic missile falls.

A ballistic missile lands in very short time from launch.

Whenever there is possibility that a missile falls in Japan, utilizing J-ALERT, urgent information will be informed you by special message as well as siren sound by a protection against disasters administrative radio and the other urgent newsletter mail, etc.

Immediately after you receive such information, please take the following actions.

In case you are outdoor.

*Please evacuate inside the near-by building (the building where concrete structure is strong if possible) or the underground (the underground facilities of an underground city or subway station building).

* When there is no suitable building near-by, please hide yourself in shadow or lie down in the ground and protect a head.

In case you are indoor,

Please get away from the window as much as possible and move to a windowless room.

Please see a civil protection portal site about the details.

Q and A about the actions you should take at the time of a ballistic missile falls in Japan.

Even if ballistic missile is launched, why doesn't J-ALERT ring ?

The whole country instant alarm system (J-ALERT) is used for a possibility that ballistic missile falls in Japanese territory and territorial waters or the occasion with a possibility which passes a territory and territorial waters. Therefore, when judging that there were no possibilities which fall in Japanese territory and territorial waters or possibilities which pass a territory and territorial waters, J-ALERT isn't used.

Further, when there is a possibility that a missile falls in the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ), J-ALERT isn't used, but a warning is issued quickly to ships and  airplanes.

In how many minutes is a missile flying to Japan from launch ?

Ballistic missile is launched from North Korea and when coming flying to Japan, it is expected that it comes flying to Japan in very short time.

For example, the ballistic missile launched around Tongchang-ri on the North Korean west coast on February 7, 2016 passed                                                                                                  the Okinawa-ken Sakishima islands sky where it's about 1,600 km away from the launching site about 10 minutes later.

Furthermore, time until flying over to Japan is different depending on the kind of ballistic missile and the method of launch and at the launching site, etc..

Why do we have to evacuate in the strong building and the underground city ?

It's because evacuation to indoor (the strong building if possible) and the underground (underground facilities in an underground city and subway station building) is effective to avoid the blast which is at the time of missile landing and damage by a fragment.

When evacuating, do we have to evacuate in the designated refuge facilities ?

Please evacuate into the strong building and the underground facilities around here in spite of whether it's designated as refuge facilities or not.

When we are at home (wooden house), what should we do ?

When there are the strong building and the underground city at the place in which you can evacuate immediately, please evacuate in that area immediately. When there are no such facilities, please get away from the window as much as possible and move to a windowless room if possible.

What should we be careful about after we evacuate in the building ?

Please get away from the window as much as possible and move to a windowless room if possible so that you may not suffer damage by a broken windowpane by a blast.

When information on ballistic missile was notified to us while we are in the car, what should we do ?

There is a fear that gas of car fuel catches fire.

Please stop a car and evacuate in the strong building and the underground. When there are no strong building and underground facilities from which you can evacuate in the environment, please get away from the car, lie down in the ground and protect a head.

In case of being dangerous if we go out of a car, what should we do ?

When you wish to go out of a car while passing through Highway, please stop a car at  safe place at Parking Area, etc. and make the position short in the car, and please stand by until you receive an instruction from administration.

After a missile has landed, what should we do ?

The aspect of the damage and correspondence are big and different according to the kind of warheads.

Therefore, please make an effort to collect precise information through a television, wireless and the internet. When having an instruction from administration, please behave calmly with that.

When a missile has landed in the neighborhood, what should we do ?

It's different in the area where damage comes according to the kind of warheads, but please behave as follows.

* When you are in outdoors, please get away from the site immediately and evacuate  in expensive indoor room or windward of shutting tightly while covering the mouth and a nose with a handkerchief.

* When you are in indoors, please stop the ventilator, close a window, do an eyeliner and make an interior airtight.

Related link

Civil Protection Portal Site