Japan Plans to Evacuate Its Citizens in South Korea, What’s Up? – Tensions in the Korean Peninsula are on the rise after North Korea’s nuclear test on September 3, 2017.
In addition, in response to the North’s sixth nuclear test, Japan and the United States are seeking to increase economic pressure on the country which is a trading partner of Pyongyang through oil embargoes and other measures.
However, US Defense Secretary James Mattis opened another option by saying that any threat to the United States or US allies would be met with massive military action.
Meanwhile on another occasion, Nikki Haley as the US ambassador for the UN told the council at the United Nations Security Council meeting that “War is not something the United States wants …… enough is enough. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited”.
“There is a possibility of further provocation, we must remain vigilant and do everything we can to en
sure the safety of our people,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said when meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers on Monday as quoted by the Nikkei Asian Review on Tuesday (September 5th, 2017)
Japan Plans to Evacuate Its Citizens in South Korea, What’s Up?
Japan’s statement confirms that it will conduct mass evacuation of about 60 thousand residents who live or reside in South Korea. It is known that there are about 38 thousand Japanese who live and settle in South Korea, the remaining about 19 thousand residents are either tourists or, visitors who make short visits.
Based on the level of crunch, Japan issued four stages of reaction to the situation of tension on the Korean Peninsula aimed at its citizens. First, prohibit a less important trip to South Korea. Secondly, blocked all the way to South Korea. Third, requested that all Japanese citizens residing in South Korea to evacuate. Fourth, urging the Japanese to seek shelter.
If war broke out between the two Koreas, the Japanese government would set a travel ban to South Korea. Although the Embassy of Japan will help secure flight reservations, Japan will encourage all citizens to evacuate using commercial aircraft, as the government’s primary role in this is to provide information.
However, Japan is urged to coordinate with the South Korean government.
If Pyongyang launches a major military offensive that causes the closure of airports in South Korea, then the Embassy of Japan will urge its citizens to stay at home or to flee to other safer areas.
According to a source in Japan, Seoul is said to have agreed to grant Japanese citizens access to safe zones such as subway stations, churches and shopping centers. Tokyo is rumored to have provided information to its citizens in South Korea regarding the 900 facilities of the safe zone.
The best option for Japanese citizens if the airport is closed is to evacuate by sea from the port city of Busan. Still, the US government must cooperate with US forces stationed in South Korea to transport their citizens from all regions of the South Korea Country to Busan.
The Japanese Self Defense Forces will need permission from the South Korean government to operate domestically. The permit itself has not been announced and is feared could provoke a mixed reaction from South Koreans who kept a dark story during the Japanese occupation.
This kind of crisis is seen to open up space for terrorist movements and other dangerous individuals who can enter Japan by posing as evacuated citizens. For this matter Japan will cooperate with the US.