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
The deadline for applications has been extended to
Monday. For further information, visit http://www.udri.net/or telephone (03) 5218-0880.