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4,000 take part in Mt Fuji eruption drill

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When (not if) Mt. Fuji erupts there could be as many as 12 million evacuees and it could kill tens of thousands of people depending on the wind direction, the scale of the eruption and if it erupts without warning. This drill may seem like a good idea, but when Fuji does blow it's gonna be a whole different kettle of fish. We'll have a good view of it from Chiba though.

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How many foreigners who reside in Japan are aware of the exercises? So far not much on evacuation information has been disseminated to foreigners or tourists. During the Great Earthquake many foreigners and tourists were confused as information was slow to none at all and what was available was limited only to Japanese. Does Japan have a plan for its tourists and those working and residing in Japan supporting the country via tax monies are going to be informed or allowed to participate in these exercises?

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How many foreigners who reside in Japan are aware of the exercises?

If they "reside" in Japan, how about they learn to speak and read Japanese?

Even foreign children are smart enough to work this out. Unfortunately some adults want to believe the world revolves around them,and behave at a more childish level than... children. Perhaps "babies" might be best used to describe them?

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Nearly 4,000 people took part Sunday in a mass evacuation drill

In the three prefectures, 470,000 people would be forced to evacuate

Mochizuki said the Mt Fuji exercise had been planned for three years.

So, after three years of planning they got a whopping "nearly" one percent to take part in this "mass" evacuation.

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If they "reside" in Japan, how about they learn to speak and read Japanese?

Even foreign children are smart enough to work this out. Unfortunately some adults want to believe the world revolves around them,and behave at a more childish level than... children. Perhaps "babies" might be best used to describe them?

While I don't disagree with the "learn our language" idea, it's not nice to ignore the people who are new to the country or have a hard time learning a new language. It's not like people can just read a book and expect to be fluent in the language quick enough to learn the evacuation procedures of something they've never experienced before. I certainly don't have enough time to pick up a book every day and actually learn something from it.

But on the other hand. If you are one of those people who think that they don't need to learn the language because English is da bomb, just follow everyone else in what they're doing during the evacuation. Japanese people are good at that.

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Again, written in past tense. Perhaps JT could add an "announcement" section in Features where readers could inform one another of upcoming events like drills that might save lives should one gargantuan, deadly volcano erupt in addition to earthquake activity. Readers reading and speaking Japanese would be encouraged to read their local bulletins and post any events they find that might be of interest to other readers not in-the-know. I am sure there are not enough JT staff members to read every government announcement so we could help one another.

Just a suggestion to help us all live here as active members of society. Simple announcements with online links.

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