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Tokyo 2020 organizers hold earthquake drill at Olympic venue

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Just when there was a strong earthquake up north in Aomori at 3:20 today.

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Preparing and rehearsing is important.

The problem is that if anything doesn’t go as planned, this is chaos and all freeze.

The biggest unknown here is the amount of foreigners behavior in case of a major disaster.

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Drill and practice, training and simulation is all well n good , but in the real situation it never goes to plan and we know how efficient and cooperative the Japanese really are don't we.

I have no confidence in any of the preparedness or authorities to get it right in a time of real emergency , I have seen it too many times here over the years. Bunch of bumbling morons stumbling from one mistake to the next error of judgment and stupidity.

Fingers crossed though that it does not come to pass during Japans show case event.

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re article: earthquake drill simulated response magnitude 7.3 site of 12 Olympic venues

RUN and RUN fast, drop to floor, save yourselves. Today Aomori had 5.0 and by the time the alarm went off on phones and announcement, too late it was over. So again, Save Yourselves your odds improve vs doing nothing and waiting around for assistance.

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Who there has ever experienced a strong earthquake disaster?

Nobody would be my guess.

If there were a disaster at the Tokyo venues it would be the non Japanese foreigners last in line for everything...

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Who there has ever experienced a strong earthquake disaster?

Nobody would be my guess.

Who where? In Tokyo?

Try, anyone who was in the Tohoku/Kanto region eight and a half years ago.

Or anyone in or around Kobe 25 years ago.

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Is there any way to bake the Italian almond cake without all that sugar, or can something be substituted for the sugar? Thank you

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Was in Nagoya during the Kobe quake, witnessed the aftermath albeit from a distance, the govt humming and harring and mismanagement while thousand suffered, and was in Tokyo during the large quake in 2011, saw that first hand and the aftermath and the respsonse and subsequent tsunami up north & nuclear meltdown , saw how that was handled that whole episode did not instill confidence .

The quake we felt in Tokyo that day was massive even though the center of it was many miles away, the panic and response was shock awe and total disbelieve , i have no faith in their preparedness drills and fluff.

Take measures to prepare yourselves, always no your surroundings, exits, nearest resources, shops water, high ground etc, you will be left to fend for your self for a day or so you can count on that. Know some basic first aid know how to survive that may safe your life, the rest is meaningless BS dont believe the govt hype.

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The biggest unknown here is the amount of foreigners behavior in case of a major disaster.

Funny you say that because every time I'm where a fire alarm goes off all the foreigners actually the procedure they're supposed to. At my block of flats it's only ever foreigners who leave the building and stand on the pavement while all the Japanese people just stay inside. Even at my university the other day all the foreign staff actually tried to work out what was going and sent students out of the building but some of students told me the Japanese professors giving the lecture they were in just carried on as if nothing was happening!

So I think the more 'foreigners behavior' the better really

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I'd have to echo some of the responses here.

Japan is very good at planning for things in advance and pre-caching resources to access in the event of a disaster. Often events like these are just a how and tell exercise.

However, the main issue which Japan seems to struggle with is a cultural one. In a natural disaster (s), plans go out the proverbial window. Japan struggles with delegating authority and empowering individuals on the ground to make decisions and act when warranted. The concepts of group consensus and direction from above, prevalent in Japanese society, work against rapid decision making often with extremely poor outcomes.

Those in leadership positions try to follow pre-prepared plans which are not applicable in the given situation. They then will wait for direction from above, or form a committee to try and achieve consensus on a course of action. Valuable time is lost. Meanwhile people who are used to receiving guidance and direction just wait.

Good examples of this are:

1) The victims of the Okawa Elementary school in the 2011 Tsunami. The school evacuated to the field and the roll was taken. The tsunami alert was issued. The plan for a Tsunami was unclear. The teachers then formed a mini-committee and wasted time even though there was a hill 200m away.

2) Kobe. It took several days to get a decent response organised from the government.

3) Japan Airlines Flight 123. The US had Marines in a chopper on site that night. The Japanese authorities took all night to take action.

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Regardless as to how much they lack when it comes to taking the initiative, the Japanese People as whole still go on, and will continue to go on as they have done so in the past.

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