SDF, U.S. military team up for Tokyo quake response drills
Japan’s Self-Defense Force and the U.S. military are cooperating for the first time to perform earthquake response drills in
Tokyo all this week.
The drills, which started Monday and continue until Friday, involve around 5,000 military personnel, firefighters and police officers, according to Sankei Shimbun. The drills are intended to familiarize participants with evacuation routes and supply distribution methods that could help save lives in the event of a large earthquake taking place directly under the capital.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says that one of the aims of the drills is to ensure that U.S. military personnel and Japanese
Self-Defense Force members’ roles are clearly delineated and responsibilities shared, to save time on organization in the event of
a disaster, Sankei reported.
The Tokyo University Earthquake Research Institute has reported that it believes there is a 70% chance that an earthquake of
magnitude 7 will occur directly beneath Tokyo within four years.