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Taiwan tensions

Japan companies eye Taiwan's 100,000 shelters in strait crisis

Hurdles to swift evacuations for 40,000 nationals spur local contingency plans

Taiwan conducted evacuation drills using shelters in July. There are over 100,000 of these shelters across the island, many of which are normally used as parking. (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

TAIPEI -- Japanese companies operating in Taiwan are looking at the island's extensive network of bomb shelters as a way to keep stranded workers and their families safe should tensions in the Taiwan Strait boil over into a crisis.

Around 20,000 Japanese nationals live in Taiwan, and 40,000 could be present at any time when including business travelers and tourists.

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