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Taiwan tensions

Okinawa simulates evacuating over 100,000 residents, tourists near Taiwan

Japanese authorities practice for emergency near remote islands

Japan's Sakishima Islands, including Yonaguni pictured here, lie between Okinawa's main island and Taiwan. (Photo by Shogo Kodama)

NAHA, Japan -- Okinawa on Friday conducted its first-ever tabletop exercise on evacuating more than 100,000 people from Japanese islands near Taiwan, amid fears of a military crisis erupting in the region.

The drills, which focused on the Sakishima Islands and involved local and national authorities, assumed that Japan faced a growing threat of attack from a hostile nation.

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