A police officer takes part in an antiterrorism drill involving a drone at the Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture on Monday. The drill assumed a scenario that a drone flew into the nuclear facility and dropped an explosive, the black box (center). Photo: Kyodo
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1st antiterror drill held at nuclear plant for drone attack

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Japan's first antiterrorism drill simulating a drone attack on a nuclear plant took place Monday in Ehime Prefecture.

Some 60 people from police and local coast guard participated in the exercise at the Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime playing out a scenario that a drone flew from a boat and placed a makeshift explosive on the premises of the No. 3 reactor.

Officials of Shikoku Electric Power Co, the operator of the nuclear plant, and bomb disposal unit members of the Ehime prefectural police department also took part.

"We took into account the serious situation regarding terrorism in conducting this drill and I think it is important to prepare for the unpredictable," said Hideto Murase, a local security chief of the prefectural police.

The power company resumed operation of the No. 3 unit in August last year after clearing stricter safety requirements introduced following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The No. 3 reactor runs on plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel, which contains plutonium extracted from reprocessing spent fuel.

Shikoku Electric plans to finish building by March 2020 a facility capable of withstanding major terror attacks, such as those involving the crashing of aircraft, and preventing the release of radioactive materials.

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aint gonna stop sea to land, land to land or air to land missiles. but nice of them to give an idea for would be home grown terrorists.

i guess they know what they are doing if they are starting MOX reactors on the Tokai fault expecting an M9 earthquake anytime.

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That's one heavy duty selfie stick!

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The only way to effectively stop a drone attack is using a device designed to interrupt the signal between the drone and its controlller.

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That's one heavy duty selfie stick!

The selfie arms race knows no bounds

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Somehow I don't feel safer......

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All they would have to do is knock out the coolant pumps, that's what happened at Fukushima.

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Wonder how safe their computer systems are in case of cyber attack.

Looking at other Japanese firms that got hit is not confidence inspiring.

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When they held evacuation drill for the population of the area a few years ago it was a wash.

There was no way they could evacuate everyone quickly. Just too many people with few exits out of the area.

But they still restarted this plant anyway. I don't think the govt. has any choice but to hope there's no accident or attack.

It's really not safe for the people either way.

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North Korea has more than 1,000 large drones so not an unrealistic scenario.They are also capable of carrying more than one of the 20 plus chemical and nerve agents it has. Some of these drones have crashed in South Korea.

https://www.stripes.com/polopoly_fs/1.275748.1396416110!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_900/image.jpg

There are also at least 150,000 North Koreans or North Korean supporters living here. There are also the North Korean spies. Recent article in a German media.

http://www.dw.com/en/are-nuclear-spies-in-japan-providing-pyongyang-with-weapons-technology/a-38265685

The new nuclear regulations require action against possible acts of terrorism.

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But will this new reactor never blow up as it still would go off with a mighty big release of radioactive particles in the event of failure . No matter how strong you build anything nature can destroy and so will some fools bomb from the north

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There are also at least 150,000 North Koreans or North Korean supporters living here

You do know they've been here for a long, long time right? This is more fear mongering that's taken a page from americas scare mongering playbook!!

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Wallace Fred,

Yes, the North Koreans have lived in Japan for decades but many of them also support NK with money donations etc. They have their own schools. We should at least be alert especially with an increase in the tensions coming NK. It's not scaremongering. If war with NK starts which side do these people fall on.

There are other groups which need to be watched like possible spies seeking nuclear technology. NK also abducted a large number of Japanese citizens.

it won't be too difficult to get one of those NK drones into the country.

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Oh god. Trust level in these guys...10%

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Yeah, well, isn't that great! How about drills for a more realistic scenario like, another tsunami?

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So; have you positioned any Anti-Aircraft Batteries in the area?

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Look at the officers outfit...... This should be the standard at all nuclear facilities..... The Fukushima Daiichi NPP workers are wearing kitchen clean up outfits compared to what this officer is wearing.... For Shame TEPCO and J Govt..... Where is the responsibility for the work force of nuclear facilities....

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Utrack

you want all nuclear plant workers to ware a bomb proof suit like the person in the above photo, which is very heavy and difficult to move around in?

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As we have already experienced, Japan has much more to fear from the local utilities playing the incompetence card while running those aged/aging nuclear plant than any potential terrorist, just saying...

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Japan is woefully unprepared for real terror attacks.

Which is why it should be electing leadership that keeps it OUT of conflicts that will bring terrorists here.

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Zichi

The officers lead-lined outerwear blocks gamma radiation. No suit can block a bomb explosion. The force of the explosion alone could rip a person to pieces..... Fukushima Daiichi had a triple explosion.... Lead-lined suits would have been welcome to a lot of the workers I bet.

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Zichi

The officers lead-lined outerwear blocks gamma radiation. No suit can block a bomb explosion. The force of the explosion alone could rip a person to pieces..... Fukushima Daiichi had a triple explosion.... Lead-lined suits would have been welcome to a lot of the workers I bet.

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Utrack

since the post and photo states the drill was about a drone dropping explosives that the person in the photo is wearing the same as that worn by bomb disposal experts and therefore you are expecting all nuclear plant workers to wear it which would be both unnecessary and restrictive. I'm sure you can just Google it to see I'm correct.

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