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In pictures: Japan earthquake drill

Rescue workers carry a mock wounded man in Tokyo

More than 800,000 people have taken part in an annual earthquake drill in Japan, one or the world's most earthquake-prone nations.

Medical workers from the Self Defence Force treat a mock injured man

In the capital, Tokyo, soldiers, firefighters and police were involved in an exercise based on the scenario of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurring.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi inspects the anti-disaster drill in Tokyo

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi held a mock press conference to announce the earthquake, followed by a conference call with the Tokyo governor and the Bank of Japan head.

Tokyo firefighters don anti-chemical and biological suits to join in the exercise

US military personnel and a South Korean team joined Japanese rescue workers for the first time in the simulation.

A Tokyo police helicopter pulls a man from a river

Firemen practised rescuing people trapped in buildings, while other workers abseiled down skyscrapers and a helicopter plucked mock survivors from a river.

Primary school children crouch under their desks at a school in Tokyo

Schools were also involved, with primary school students practising taking shelter under their desks.

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