As tensions rise between the United States and North Korea, many Japanese are fearing the worst, another nuclear strike on their homeland, this time from Kim Jong-un. Kim, who many believe is unstable, has promised nuclear war with the west if he is provoked.
Now, sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers are surging in Japan.
The company making the expensive shelters, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, has also sold all 50 of their air-purifiers, which filter out radiation and poisonous gases. They company is trying to import additional purifiers from a Swiss manufacturer.
Company president, Nobuko Oribe, said the air purifiers cost 620,000 yen, or about $5,630, and can be used in a shelter holding 6 people. A larger purifier designed for 13 people sells for 1.7 million yen, or $15,440.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently told the Japanese parliament that North Korea may also have the capacity to deliver missiles filled with sarin nerve gas. This has further pushed sales of the air purifiers in Japan.
Another Japanese company, Earth Shift, makes and sells underground shelters. These shelters do not come cheap, nearly a quarter million dollars a piece, and they take up to four months to build. Nonetheless, Earth Shift has seen a huge surge in interest for the underground buildings since February. The shelters can hold up to 13 people, and is designed to withstand a nuclear bomb blast only 660 meters away.
On Friday, local governments across Japan stated holding evacuation drills in case of an attack from North Korea. This is created a sense of nervousness among the public.
Donald Trump has ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to the Korean peninsula in response to Kim Jong-un’s recent missile tests.
A North Korean spokesman said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier if further provoked.
Is seeking out underground bunkers warranted for the Japanese people? Or is this just a response from a very paranoid Japanese population? Share your thoughts in the comments section.