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Japanese prepare for the worst as North Korea rattles its saber

Fallout shelters and evacuation drills reflect growing fear of a missile attack

Junior high school students rush into the gymnasium during a missile-evacuation drill in Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture, on Sept. 1. (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto)

TOKYO At Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, a century-old family-run company in the western Japanese city of Kobe, sales are booming in what until recently was a struggling side business: fallout shelters.

The industrial engineering company began studying shelter technologies in 1962 -- the year of the Cuban missile crisis -- when the Cold War was raging and the possibility that the Soviet or U.S. leader might press the nuclear button seemed very real.

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