Tokyo: Japan conducted a nationwide tabletop exercise on Friday to learn how to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease. The farm ministry and all the 47 prefectural governments of the country were part of this exercise which was prompted after Miyazaki Prefecture was hit by the epidemic earlier this year and fears were raised of a possible nationwide outbreak of the disease.
A meeting will be convened by the end of October to study the lessons of the exercise, the ministry said. Plans to hold such exercises every year are also on the anvil. PTI
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