Thursday, 12 January 2012

Tokyo evacuation drill article in The Daily Yomiuri on 11th January 2007

Tokyo ward to link up with village for evacuation drill
By Stephen Taylor / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer

Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward and the village of Tsumagoi, Gunma Prefecture, are giving foreign residents and former workers in the capital's Marunouchi area the chance to stay at a hot spring hotel--simply by participating in a disaster evacuation drill.

The Chiyoda Ward Foreigners and Ex-workers Emergency Evacuation Drill will be held from 9.30 a.m. on Jan. 17 and is intended to raise the awareness of foreign residents in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake.

Participants will visit the Meiji Yasuda Seimei Building in Marunouchi to observe an emergency relief drill and taste a new type of emergency food before walking to the east area of the Imperial Palace to see emergency equipment.

Attendees will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the drill that will be entered into a lottery.
The top three prizewinners will receive the Friendship prize, a stay at one of three hot spring hotels courtesy of Tsumagoi Village Office, Gunma Prefecture.

Three pairs of tickets to stay at the Manza Prince Hotel, the Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa and Kyukamura Shikazawa-Kogen hot spring hotels will be up for grabs.

Tsumagoi will provide Chiyoda Ward with equipment, refugee accommodation and staff should disaster strike.

The area is famous for growing potatoes, and 50 lucky winners of the Interchange prize will be sent a bag of spuds by Tsumagoi Village Office.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday. For further information, visit telephone (03) 5218-0880.

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