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- 1 First (North Korea fired missile! J-Alert! Was it needed?)
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First (North Korea fired missile! J-Alert! Was it needed?)
On August 29th, 2017, at around 6 A.M. Japan time, a missile from North Korea was fired and passed over Japan. Then it landed on the place where is about 1000 km to the east of Erimo Cape. At the time, J-Alert was heard. Regarding J-Alert, it is defined as follows;
J-Alert is a nickname known all over Japan. It is an alarm system that is immediately heard to inform the people of emergency situations by using a satellite and disaster prevention radio of cities. It aims to notify the citizens directly from the government during emergencies such as earthquake, tsunami, firing ballistic missile, and the like. It was installed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Fire Department. It has been operating since 2007.
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Question 1You can see the question after you click here.
What did Tetsuya do when J-Alert issue?
A. He was walking around outside.
B. He was looking at his phone.
C. He was sleeping.
D. He was escaping to under ground.
Answer and Explanation 1You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
He said ‘I was sleeping at that time’.
B: The action is for Mariko.
A and D are not mentioned.
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Question 2You can see the question after you click here.
What did Horiemon tweet with anger on Twitter?
A. I didn’t make an insider deal!
B. Why wasn’t the J-Alert heard earlier!
C. Don’t wake me up with worthless things!
D. My rocket development has not failed yet.
Answer and Explanation 2You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
A: He seemed to really say so, but it’s not mentioned on this article.
B: He didn’t say so.
D: Horiemon has developed a rocket with one company, and it failed to launch a few days ago. But he didn’t clearly mention about it like answer D, but anyway, it has nothing to do with this article.
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Question 3You can see the question after you click here.
Why didn’t they intercept the missile？
A. They did’t have the confidence of intercepting the missile even if they launch one too.
B. Their judgment is no need to intercept it.
C. They thought America was supposed to intercept it instead.
D. They didn’t prepare for the interceptor missile.
Answer and Explanation 3You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It mentioned that ‘We could, but didn’t. No need to’.
A: There is a possibility, but it’s not mentioned in this article.
C and D are not mentioned.
Let’s talk more!
What do you think about J-Alert?
Let’s talk about it with your friend.
How is the situation in other countries?
Ask your teacher or a foreigner about it.
- Why do you think that J-Alert is needed from now on?
- What were you doing when J-Alert was heard?
- Do you think that the development and installation of J-Alert is worthy and cost effective even if it costed around 10 billion yen?
- Do you think North Korea would launch another missile to another country? In that case, which country do you think it will be?