Japanese government just issued an order indicating they believe something horrible may occur on the Korean Peninsula.
The Japanese government is developing a plan to evacuate around 60,000 Japanese citizens living in South Korea, according to Nikkei Asian Review.
“There is a possibility of further provocations,” stated Prime Minister Abe on Monday. “We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people.”
The evacuation plan will have four stages and will depend on the intensity of the threat, according to Nikkei: “discouraging unessential travel to South Korea, discouraging all travel to South Korea, urging Japanese citizens there to evacuate, and finally, urging them to shelter in place.”
“Should skirmishes erupt between the two Koreas, for example, the Japanese government would discourage all new travel to South Korea,” they wrote.
“At the same time, it would urge citizens already there to evacuate using commercial flights. Although the Japanese Embassy would help secure airline reservations, the government’s role under this scenario would mainly be to provide information.”
But the problem is more complicated for U.S., if U.S. decides to attack North Korea, Japan will continue with the evacuation regarding the fact that the public may have no knowledge about the attack.
“If the U.S. decided on a military strike against the North, the Japanese government would start moving toward an evacuation on its own accord regardless of whether the American plans are public,” a source from the Japanese government said to Nikkei.
It’s never a good sign to hear an ally say they will telegraph your attack for their benefit. And this isn’t even the first time they announced an evacuation plan.
The only country who can decide to go to war, is North Korea right now, not Japan. But Japan sending these messages may be interpreted as an indication that war is coming soon.
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