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

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.