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The municipality said it was caused by human error when officials were checking how to activate the warning system.

So...they put in a system that no one in authority knew how to operate. They should have called the PT worker who probably installed it, and knows the system top to bottom, better than all these fools!

The false alarm was retracted an hour later by email and also through the loudspeakers a few hours later, according to the municipality.

Yeah, and just what did the people crapping in their pants do for those two hours before the retraction was announced ? Wait, no one did anything anyway and just went on their merry way...

These idiots who issued the alert should have their pay cut for 6 months as penance for their bs!

How much does anyone want to bet that it wasn't an "accident"!

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They know it works now.

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Just that people are going to pay it less attention.

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So peace in Korea, so the desperate govt needs another bogeyman. Expect more of this terror threat in the future.

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Here we go again. Just in case you forgot;

Tears and panic as false missile alert unnerves Hawaii

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Panic and confusion swept Hawaii on Saturday as a mistaken alert about a ballistic missile attack spread across the Pacific U.S. state, sending residents and tourists scrambling for shelter and questioning why an all-clear was not issued faster.

"These idiots in Hawaii who issued the alert should have their pay cut for 6 months as penance for their bs!"

Good Idea!

Expect more BS posts from sanctimonious foreigners in the future.

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Well still not a single terrorist attack yet in Japan, whereas the US and Europe see one every week. So I’d say the authorities can be forgiven for this mistake.

Although with more tourists coming into the country the risk is getting higher, and higher vigilance than normal is required. The biggest risk are foreigners in Japan who are highly embittered, and they should be monitored heavily and removed if stepped out of line

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Ramping up the fear factor again when Japan might be losing another bogeyman (NK)?

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Dcog, an exaggeration...

I’m sure the US and Europe do not see one every week...as for Japan , what about the 1995 sarin attack in Tokyo? Just because it was committed by Japanese it is still classed as a terrorist incident.

Also, what do you mean by ‘highly embittered’ foreigners?

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The ruling clique, hemorrhaging support and popularity in freefall due to all the nepotism scandals, increasingly marginalized and shown to be ineffectual by an America that’s no longer prepared to tolerate any more BS on trade, and now contemplating the loss of its one ace card, the North Korean bogeyman. This has got false flag written all over it.

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Well still not a single terrorist attack yet in Japan

@ dcog - I would suggest that you do a little research into Japanese history in the 1990s. It is a lie - and an insult - to the thousands of victims of the Japanese terror group of that time - and their multiple terror attacks on innocent people - to state there "has not been a single terror attack in Japan."

Aside from this hiccup, I sincerely hope the authorities here are monitoring domestic potential terror groups much better these days.

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Would be a shame if there was an acccidental terror alert during the Olympic Games followed by an actual TERROR ATTACK!

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Wow! I can't believe how unprepared we are for a terrorist attack.

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dcog: "Well still not a single terrorist attack yet in Japan"

Really? I guess you don't know much about your own history and culture -- which shows in your posts and xenophobic remarks -- if you can't even recall the 1995 Tokyo Sarin Gas attack, which is still mentioned weekly, and was only mentioned a few days ago in regards to UN fears about Japan's dealing with the death penalty.

Oops! Extremely gross oversights like this DO tend to happen when you get wildly defensive instead of looking at the fact that this is about very poor management of the terrorist alert system they spent heaps on putting in place.

Do some homework, bud.

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@smith: Of course everyone knows that terrorist incident which occurred over 20 years ago now, but generally we talk about post-9/11 where most modern anti-terrorism measures came into place.

Not one single attack since then by foreign terrorists so far means that the foreign embittered are being properly monitored in Japan and they know their place. This is good news and glad we are being protected properly, unlike other countries around the world. Well done to the security services here!

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dcog: "Well still not a single terrorist attack yet in Japan"

Japan Airlines Flight 351 was hijacked by nine members of the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction (a predecessor of the Japanese Red Army) on March 31, 1970, while flying from Tokyo to Fukuoka,

Japan Airlines Flight 472 was an aircraft hijacking carried out by the Japanese Red Army (JRA) on 28 September 1977.

The Asama-Sansō incident (あさま山荘事件 Asama sansō jiken) was a hostage crisis and police siege in a mountain lodge near Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, Japan that lasted from February 19 to February 28, 1972. 

The Bombing of the Fusetsu no Gunzo and Institute of Northern Cultures (風雪の群像・北方文化研究施設爆破事件 Fūsetsu no Gunzō Hoppō Bunka Kenkyū Shisetsu Bakuha Jiken) was a terrorist bombing that occurred on 23 October 1972. It was undertaken by a group which would soon be known as the East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front, though this name was not decided on until later in the same year.

At 07:13 on Sunday, June 23, 1985 an explosion at the New Tokyo International Airport (later renamed Narita International Airport) killed two baggage handlers, and injured four. The bomb was intended for Air India Flight 301, with 177 passengers and crew on board, bound for Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Bombing of the Soji-ji Ossuary (総持寺納骨堂爆破事件 Sōjiji Nōkotsudō Bakuha Jiken) was a terrorist bomb attack in Yokohama, Japan that occurred on 6 April 1972. It was undertaken by a group which would soon be known as the East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front, though this name was not decided on until later in the same year.

The Neomugicha incident (西鉄バスジャック事件 Nishi-Tetsu basujakku jiken) is the name given to the hijacking between May 4 and May 5, 2000, of a Japanese bus by a user of internet forum 2channel after placing a warning on the website.

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@zichi: Like I asked smith, anything since 9/11? That's when modern anti-terrorism measures were implemented. Also, 1970?! Should we also go back to the 1600s as well for good measure..?

Nothing before 9/11 is valid

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Not one single attack since then by foreign terrorists so far means that the foreign embittered are being properly monitored in Japan and they know their place. This is good news and glad we are being protected properly, unlike other countries around the world. Well done to the security services here!

Modern day terrorism is more about computer hacks and cyber attacks, than bombing and kidnapping. Japan id under constant daily attacks and some are prevented and other not. The damages run into the billions.

12.6 million cases of personal information leaked in Japan in 2016, survey shows . Some 12.6 million cases involving the leak of personal information were confirmed or suspected in the nation last year due to cyberattacks against companies and other entities.

Last year, 2017, thousands of inflected computers by the WannaCry virus.

The 2019 Rugby World Championship and the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Japan are global events that are likely to attract attention from hostile cyber actors aiming for publicity, strategic advantage, and criminal profit. 

"Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry of Japan has disclosed that the cyber attacks made on their nation’s critical infrastructure touched the mark of 128 billion- a 2.4 fold increase from the previous year. And the Ministry added in their announcement that half of the attacks were launched from China."

https://www.cybersecurity-insiders.com/cyber-attacks-on-japans-critical-infrastructure-touches-128-billion-mark/

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LOL

Nothing before 9/11 is valid

Nothing after 9/11 is valid either.

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dcog9065

@zichi: Like I asked smith, anything since 9/11? That's when modern anti-terrorism measures were implemented. Also, 1970?! Should we also go back to the 1600s as well for good measure..? Nothing before 9/11 is valid

All terrorists attacks in modern times are both valid and need to be watched by the security forces.

In your comment you said

11:23 am JST. Well still not a single terrorist attack yet in Japan, whereas the US and Europe see one every week. So I’d say the authorities can be forgiven for this mistake.

"Not a single terrorist attack" but you were proved wrong on that point. I can only assume you are making reference to Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe/US?

then you explain more what what you mean by "no terrorist attack" in your comment

 01:34 pm JST Not one single attack since then by foreign terrorists

But you have failed in several ways which I have shown in my comments. It's true that Japan has not been a target of Islamic terrorist attacks because those who would make the attacks don't see Japan has a useful prime target and is more to do with that point than a number of possible terrorist attacks prevent by Japanese security measures.

While countries like Britain have suffered from the Islamic terrorist attacks, the security forces have prevented thousands of more from happening.

How many Islamic terrorist attacks have the Japanese security forces prevented? None! There have been no planned attacks because Japan has not been a target country.

But the 2019 Rugby World Championship and the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Japan are global events that are likely to attract attention with large numbers of foreigners entering the country that Japan could become a target for Islamic terrorist attacks. Even the government understands that point.

http://www.mofa.go.jp/files/000156881.pdf

As I have stated in my comment the attacks against Japan are currently and since 9/11 are cyber attacks and the security forces are less successful in preventing them basically somewhat in the same way the country didn't prevent the nuclear disaster because "no one in authority believed a nuclear disaster could ever happen" and then it did.

The cyber attacks are costing the country many hundreds of billions. Last year more than 50% of all banks were targets for cyber attacks.

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Readers, no bickering please. Focus your comments on the story and not at each other.

Last year the government increased its number of cyber warriors from 100 to 1,000.

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The municipality said it was caused by human error when officials were checking how to activate the warning system

No one knew how to turn it on? And the solution to that was randomly press buttons? I'm so glad Japan has no nuclear weapons.

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when officials were checking how to activate the warning system

perhaps the panel was in English lol.

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There is a big difference between foreign terrorism and domestic terrorism. The Sarin gas attack was a domestic act of terrorism. Dcog meant foreign terrorism. Japan has never experience a foreign act of terrorism, but has suffered terrorist attacks by Japan based groups. Both Aum Shinrikyo and The East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front were both Japanese groups. Because of its nature, a domestic act of terrorism is a lot harder to stop than a foreign act of terrorism. Just ask the US.

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Japan is under massive cyber attack by foreigners every single day costing billions. Likely to increase with the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.

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So what is the procedure for this panic alarm? Wait for further instruction? That basically did not come?

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Uehara: "Perhaps the panel was in English."

LOL yes, I can well imagine it.

"Red Button Egg on your Face Warning! PUSH only in emergency. Once 84 outdoor loudspeakers and 200 indoors receivers have been activated, cannot be switched off for a minimum of one hour, and may go on for several more."

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Even if they had announced a Terrorist attack, the quality of the sound system is so poor that the words are just mumbles and hard to distinguish. The only thing that these speakers are good for, is playing the 5pm "time to go home" music.

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