Larry & Reb (which I assume doesn't stand for Rebellious), The Japanese are under constant threat of nuclear attack from their neighbor, N. Korea. So...just prepare for that attack and ignore the possiblity of a 9.0? I don't think you'd get many supporters today in Tokyo. Also, to yell "the sky is falling" is scare tactics, as are all the humanly preventable coming wars. Instead of wasting zillions in preparing for wars that could be prevented if we looked reality in the eye, we could invest in national infrastructure so that aid could get to outlying areas after a large quake and give incentives to building owners and occupants to retrofit them for the eventuality of the biggie. In the meantime, we should push for public awareness of what each person must do if the biggie comes as I finish this reply. The Home Front Command should take over all stations as in a war and teach DROP, COVER, AND HOLD in 5 languages. Because even in a modern building (with standards from 1985), the biggest threat is from flying objects and collapsing interiors. They should initiate a national drill, as they do for going to shelters. There hasn't been a moment of training for the public on how to be safe in the next 10 minutes, let alone 10 years. It's simple, tested, and proven.
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from the article: State Comptroller: Israel must stop ignoring earthquake warnings