A Japanese man builds a North Korean nuclear missile bunker 0

A Japanese man builds a North Korean nuclear missile bunker 0

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula made Yoshihiko Kurotori even more determined to build a nuclear shelter in the backyard.

A Japanese girl walks past a screen broadcasting news about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on July 4 in Tokyo, after Pyongyang announced a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that morning.

After the tsunami disaster in March 2011, Yoshihiko Kurotori decided to build a shelter in the backyard.

`Seeing the ruins where many people used to live, I thought I had to protect myself,` Kurotori said.

He opened the heavy iron door, revealing a tiny room with reinforced concrete walls 35 cm thick.

However, a few years later, the threat of a man-made disaster made this retired teacher think he was absolutely right to spend more than 71,000 USD to build the tunnel.

North Korea’s continuous missile testing, culminating in an intercontinental ballistic missile test in early July, made people uneasy and opened up an unprecedented civil defense in this country since World War II.

Nine cities conducted evacuation drills after a North Korean missile launched into Japan’s exclusive economic zone in March, and more cities are expected to conduct drills soon.

During the drill, the government’s warning siren sounded for 30 seconds through television, urging people to seek shelter in sturdy concrete buildings or hide in underground shelters.

Revenue from sales of nuclear shelters, scrubbers and gas masks increased.

Seiichiro Nishimoto’s company is the unit that built Mr. Kurotori’s shelter.

`Most customers are concerned about the risk of a nuclear attack from North Korea,` said director Nishimoto, 80 years old.

He received three more orders last week and is negotiating with an apartment owner to install a large shelter.

A Japanese man builds a North Korean nuclear missile bunker

Inside a nuclear bomb shelter in Japan

Inside the Nishimoto company’s nuclear bomb shelter.

Nobuko Oribe, director of Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, said the business received twice as many orders in April and May as it did in the whole of 2016.

`However, not everyone can afford to install tunnels, and the government will not fund this,` Oribe said.

Fear of nuclear attack is deeply ingrained in the psychology of the people of a country twice attacked by atomic weapons.

`The problem for the Japanese is to always be assured that there will not be a war,` he said.

`But look, Japan is surrounded by instability, in the Korean Peninsula issue, in the East Sea issue.`

A Japanese man builds a North Korean nuclear missile bunker

Mr. Kurotori wears a gas mask.

Mr. Kurotori is 75 years old and is not sure if he will live to witness the Nankai earthquake or tsunami expected to occur within 30 years.

`Life depends on luck, we never know what’s going to happen,` he reflected.

`I don’t know where I will be when North Korea attacks. I also understand why my neighbors think I worry too much. But all I want to do is improve my chances of living. I don’t see the point in doing that.`

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