Yuriko Koike | Asia’s cities against North Korea5 min read . Updated: 31 Dec 2017, 10:12 PM IST
It is time for Asia's urban leaders to use its influence on modern societies, by banding together to help mitigate the threat posed by the rogue Kim Jong -un regime, says Yuriko Koike
As Tokyo—and towns and cities across Japan—look ahead to 2018, they are dusting off long-neglected civil-defence infrastructure and nuclear-attack procedures. Schoolchildren are practising the kinds of nuclear-safety drills that I endured during my childhood, at the height of the Cold War. Police and emergency first responders are brushing up on measures that had fallen into disuse since the 1990s. Hospitals are undergoing stress tests of their readiness. Fallout shelters are being inspected and restored. And the potential of new innovations and resources to reinforce civilians’ security is being explored.