Some Japanese helpless over North Korea threat


Take cover in a sturdy building or get underground.

That’s the emergency advice given to people in Japan in the event of a North Korean missile strike.

 But there are two big problems: most Japanese homes are made of wood and lack a basement. In the countryside, there is often no building made of concrete.

And with only a matter of minutes from launch to impact, there’s simply no time to take cover.

As North Korea this week fired its second missile over Japan in less than a month and threatened to “sink” the country into the sea with nuclear weapons, many Japanese feel a sense of helplessness in the face of the threat from Pyongyang.

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