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Japan to Use Evacuation "Order" to Avoid Confusion

Japan to Use Evacuation "Order" to Avoid Confusion

   Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Cabinet Office plans to abolish the term evacuation "advisory" and integrate it into the term evacuation "order" in order to convey evacuation information more clearly and encourage residents to take refuge swiftly in the event of disasters, according to informed sources.
   The government agency hopes to draw up a draft revision for the basic law on disaster response by autumn and submit the draft to an ordinary session of parliament next year, the sources said.
   In March, the government launched a study on a drastic review of Japan's system for communicating evacuation information, after conducting a review of the damage in a series of disasters including strong Typhoon Hagibis last year.
   It will be the first review of evacuation advisory and order based on the law since its establishment in 1961.
   Under the current law, municipality heads can issue evacuation advisories calling on local residents to evacuate from their residences in the event of disasters, and issue orders when they are at greater risk.

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