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Taiwan tensions

Japan eyes more bomb shelters in Okinawa as Taiwan tensions rise

Study to look into building evacuation facilities on southernmost Sakishima islands

People shelter inside a subway station in Kyiv, Ukraine, during a Russian missile attack. Such scenes have spurred Japanese politicians to pursue the building of more bomb shelters.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is exploring the construction of bomb shelters on the southernmost Okinawa islands near Taiwan to protect residents from missile attacks in the event of a military conflict in the Taiwan Strait.

As a first step, the Cabinet Secretariat has requested 70 million yen ($477,000) for fiscal 2023 to conduct research.

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