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Fun Disaster Drills Become Hits 25 Years after Kobe Quake

Fun Disaster Drills Become Hits 25 Years after Kobe Quake

   Kobe, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)--Disaster prevention initiatives with entertaining twists are becoming popular in Japan as the country marks a quarter century since the Great Hanshin Earthquake on Friday.
   The citizen-led programs seek to pass on lessons of solidarity and mutual assistance among neighbors learned from the 1995 quake in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, and other parts of western Japan, in which public disaster relief services were delayed due to lags in grasping the extent of the damage.
   On Saturday, children flocked to a festival-like disaster prevention event that combined disaster relief education with fun workshops and games.
   Hosted in a shopping complex in Kobe, the "Iza! Kaeru Caravan" event was abuzz with elementary school children making ponchos out of trash bags, tableware out of paper and chairs out of cardboard at the crafts section.
   Participants also played games such as relay races using makeshift stretchers made of blankets and "hit the target" games using fire extinguishers.

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