Japan Prepares For Mass Evacuation Of 60,000 Citizens From South Korea

Tyler Durden's picture

It won't be the first time that a near-panicked Japan has came close to the edge when it comes to North Korea, and in preparation for an "emergency" was planning to evacuate its citizens located in South Korea. The last such notable spike in escalations took place in April, when as the Yomiuri Shimbun reported at the time, the Japanese government had asked the U.S. to provide advance consultation if it is about to launch military action against North Korea, and "ramped up preparations for emergency situations", including the potential evacuation of some 57,000 Japanese citizens currently in South Korea.

Fast forward to today, when moments ago Japan's Nikkei reported that as tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights following Pyongyang's first (allegedly) hydrogen bomb test, Japan is planning a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea.

"There is a possibility of further provocations," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. "We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people."

In response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test, Japan and the U.S. are seeking a peaceful resolution by ratcheting up economic pressure on the rogue state through an oil embargo and other measures, while South Korea's president has also called for a currency/FX blockade of the Kim regime. And yet, what has spooked Tokyo is that on Sunday, Defense Secretary James Mattis also said any threat to the U.S. or its allies "will be met with a massive military response - a response both effective and overwhelming." Which means thousands of Japanese may soon be in harm's way.

According to Nikkei, there are currently about 38,000 long-term Japanese residents in South Korea, as well as another 19,000 or so tourists and other short-term travelers. "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 Japanese government source said.

Tokyo is working on a four-tier emergency plan based on the severity of the situation: 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. 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 Japan would need to coordinate with South Korean authorities under a shelter-in-place scenario. If Pyongyang launched a major military attack that leads to the closure of South Korean airports, the Japanese embassy would urge citizens still in the country to stay at home, or move to a safer area within the South.

Also in case of a worst case scenario, Seoul has agreed to give Japanese citizens access to safe zones, such as designated subway stations, churches and shopping malls, according to a Japanese source. The Japanese government has already provided its citizens in South Korea with information on over 900 such facilities.

Furthermore, in the event of airport closures, the best option for Japanese citizens to return home would be by sea from the southeastern port city of Busan. The Japanese government is working to obtain cooperation from U.S. forces stationed in South Korea to transport evacuees across the country from Seoul to Busan.

Additionally, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces would need permission from South Korea's government to operate inside the country. Approval has not been forthcoming, Yonhap reports, and could provoke a backlash from a South Korean public harboring historical grievances at the former colonial power. But SDF vessels could help in ferrying Japanese citizens home from Busan.

Such a crises could make it easier for terrorists and other dangerous individuals to enter Japan disguised as returning citizens. The Japanese government aims to work with the U.S. to prevent such unlawful entry. One proposal would create a temporary holding area for returnees in Busan or Japan.


"We are looking at a range of responses" to a crisis on the Korean Peninsula, from securing evacuees and processing their entry to creating and operating holding facilities, as well as determining whether Japan is responsible for their protection, Abe had said at a parliamentary session in April.

As we reported in April, and as the infographic below showed, the Japanese government has been contemplating five potential emergency responses should a military clash break out between the US and North Korea. They include the following:

  • Logistical support by Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the event of a local conflict
  • Use of force by the SDF in the event of a full scale war
  • Protection of Japanese citizens in South Korea
  • Preparation for armed attacks against Japan
  • Civil protection and response to evacuees 

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lolmao500's picture

The US plan : Trump ordered missiles shot down. Then the launch sites to be destroyed.

Then wait for NKorea response...

All major powers have been informed so its no surprise every country is saying WAR IS IMMINENT...

All depends on Kim.

New_Meat's picture

wait for AMCIT NEO, even stealth State Dept. "advisories".

Swampster's picture



ISUS convoy with Joo Ess Aye/ IDF Apache helicopter escort traveling from Iraq to Syria....

Swampster's picture

I hope N. Korea Nukes Israel, the most racist, anti-semitic country on earth.

Mr 9x19's picture

The US plan : Trump ordered missiles shot down. ..... ok
Then the launch sites to be destroyed. ...........nope,  china retaliation, WW3

Then wait for NKorea response......... full throttle  SK & japan & guam

All major powers have been informed so its no surprise every country is saying WAR IS IMMINENT... All depends on Kim....... nop, on NATO.



for your information NK is making test for decades, nobody gave a fuck until financial world about to implode...

phatfawzi's picture

Waite, What? evacuate them from south Korea and move them to Japan. Why is Guam all filled up. if it was me id be like yeah ill take my chances. 

Never One Roach's picture

Some alt left commentator on BBC was interviewing a Japanese official on the NK problem and he tried to get the guy to say the tension is the fault of Trump!



The Japanese official [correctly] said "No, Trump is standing by his allies in the area in the face of a very aggressive NK."

That's good but I wish he added, "If Obama had not been so weak and incompetent to allow NK to get all these weapons, the threats would not even exist."

therover's picture

Yeah, it's all Obama's fault.

Get the fuck outta here. 

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

If the Japanese are leaving SKor, it's because they fear the US, not NorK.

Just put this up, for those who might be interested.

yogibear's picture

NK is fully expecting Trump to react. 

Watch the coasts of US. Especically the east coast where the US financial heart is at. 

Kim wouldn't be playing high stakes unless there is something to back it up.

Slack Jack's picture

Veritas X posted a link to the following interesting article by F. William Engdahl:

Engdahl says North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State and Kim Jong Un is their man.


Kim Jong Un et al, now (supposedly) threatens "A Super-Powerful EMP Attack....." BUT

An EMP attack is a big nothing.

What would you rather have above your city; an EMP attack or the average ole thermonuclear weapon going off.

An EMP attack would draw a response just the same as a killer blast over Los Angeles.

So why would Kim Jong Un attack the US in the most ineffectual way, when the response would be the same as a full-blooded attack?

Kim Jong Un is sure beginning to sound like false opposition. Maybe Engdahl is right.

Reflecting on this, it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is their man (i.e., Kim Jong Un is false opposition) but that North Korea is truly an enemy state.

This fits the facts better than Engdahl's hypothesis.

What do you think?

sincerely_yours's picture

There'll be NO WAR with N Korea.

The ONLY thing the US is really good at is setting the Middle East on fire for IsraHell. http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-2g9

auricle's picture

60K evacuation? Only the better half. Sounds exactly like the titanic, not enough boats. 

813kml's picture

They'll need a dozen container ships just for the camera equipment.

east of eden's picture

Perhaps. But it has been my contention for a few weeks now that either or both China and Russia have replaced their tottering missile stock with new, and very accurate short and medium range missiles. The one that flew over Japan is a case in point. That was not a failure. It was a success, and not something that anyone would have expected from the Norks.

That is, of course, if the story of the missille going over Japan is true. Who really knows what is true anymore.

BoingBoing's picture

Yeah, he was only in power the past 8 years whilst they were accruing massive offensive capabilities...why blame him at all?

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

Not to mention Pres. Clinton and Carter.

NorK wouldn't have nukes if not for them (not that they have many, if any.)

PS. The neocons in Ukraine have some 'splainin' to do, too.

Son of Loki's picture

There's alot of blame to go around---Obama, Clinton, Carter---but it's ludicrous to blame Trump who just came into office.



Pendolino's picture

How could you forgot Dubya, who was in office for 8 years and did nothing about this either....

soyungato's picture

Comon, he was too busy sucking SA cocks and destroying IRAQ for the chosen ones.

Battlefield USA's picture

F**K our allies. It is always American blood that takes the brunt of spilling on behalf of our allies.

What is SK and Japan going to do? Why, hide behind American blood, who takes the brunt of protecting our allies.

Let SK and Japan man-up and take on NK on their own blood... we'll provide the armements. Or, let THEM puss out.

So... this is what MAGA is about. The same old tired usual.

And one day, AmuriKa is going to get its ass spanked. Because... MAGA.

The only reason why we "need" SK and Japan... is because we sold out OUR INDUSTRY to globalism.


Battlefield USA's picture

How cute. A Neo-Con down-votes me for the truth.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Easy there cowboy, there are no neocons here. Only mad white men and women.


Escrava Isaura's picture

Globalization is not the problem.

Financialization is, because we live beyond our means.


The Cooler King's picture

Yeah but... At least Ryan Lochte came dowN &  pised on your buildings


So u got that going 4u

Escrava Isaura's picture

That’s right. And the gas station became a tourist attraction paid by the American swimmer and not the Mexicans.



east of eden's picture

You may shed most of the blood, but the US and their masters get most of the profit from 'protecting' Japan and SK. It's just that your life doesn't mean much to a Wall Street mogul.

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

The (((BBC))). Absolutely nothing British about them. They should stick to doing what they've always done best; Buggering British Children. Want proof? Search for Sir Jimmy Saville and BBC to see just how sick that corporation truly is.

New_Meat's picture

Guam will tip over, "cap-size"

LifeandLiberty's picture

China will do nothing more than they have already done - they can't afford it.

afronaut's picture

And that doesn't include the Canadian gold still in the ground. Dumbass sold it. 

LifeandLiberty's picture

China will do nothing more than they have already done - they can't afford it.

Battlefield USA's picture
LifeandLiberty Mr 9x19 Sep 4, 2017 5:22 PM

China will do nothing more than they have already done - they can't afford it.

LMAO. We can't afford it. Yet we do it. What makes you think China can't? Or Russia?

east of eden's picture

Ahem. Nobody knows for sure, but the best median guess is that China holds 17,000 tons of gold. Their citizens hold another 15 tons of gold. 

Trust me, they can afford it.

Winston Churchill's picture

Some German commentator was saying the same about Britain just before Poland was invaded.

Prolly inscibed on his tombstone.

earleflorida's picture

poland wasn't worth going to war for--- they fucked, tsarist russia, ukraine and germany

Fritz's picture

Trumps handlers are on page 3 of the Presidential playbook.
Find a weakling and beat the shit out of him in the yard.
People always love a winner.

Iskiab's picture

That plus Bannon painted a pretty good picture of thinking in the White House when he left. The US has been the hegemonic power for 70 years, they want to keep it that way. The only way to stay in top is to be the economic power.

China has 10x the population of the US. The only way to make sure the US isn't overtaken is to drag china down. For prosperity you need peace, this might be an attempt to destabilize the region to hold onto economic power.

east of eden's picture

Well, here's the thing about all of this. Vladivostock, the el primo port that hosts the Russian Pacific Fleet, and guards their backs, will never be surrendered or compromised to US interests, and, I doubt that they would ever allow the US to destroy NK, either with conventional or nuclear weapons, for the simple reason that as China has already noted, it would change the strategic balance in the region and pretty much assure an all out nuclear war between the US China and Russia.  If Trump or his handlers ever used nukes, the radiation cloud would stretch right over Vladisvostok, so, along with all the other provocations the US has been laying on them, it would mean war, or at a minimum, a so called asynchronous response such as nuking an important, strategically critical location in the US. Norfolk, VA comes to mind. They have the capability of hitting Norfolk with a 25 megaton or even a 50 megton torpedo, that can not be detected. A hit from one of those would crack the continental shelf and put the entire eastern seabord of the US under water, effectively defeating you with one punch. While you were busy trying to pick the pieces of bone out of a 50 mile crater, China, North Korea and god knows who else would be coming at your on the west coast. I think it is a forgone conclusion that Texas and the minuteman array would be in the P+1 list, wiping out your pretroleum reserves and all refining capacity. What would you do with 200 million dead and dying people; with nuclear generators exploding, no power, no government and most especially, a loss of secure communications with whatever remained of your 'offensive' capabilities.

Some say the Chinese Air Force is nothing to be concerned about, and that may be true. What you definitely need to be concerned about is not the Chinese Air Force, but the SU-34's and SU-35's with mad Russians in them that would be bearing down on your F-35 'gliders', and the pretty pathetic F-18's. The Russians don't fuck around; they aren't afraid of dying, and they are every bit as sharp and skilled as US pilots, if not more so, if only because the capabilities of the 34's and 35's surpasses anything the US has to offer, including the F-22, if it even flies anymore. Ever seen what an Su-35 can do? I have, and it is incredible. The airframe can not even be defeated in a flat spin, they are completely capable of going into a flat spin as a defensive measure, then pulling out. Try that in an F-15.

Some time ago after doing some research I discovered that as far back as 1926, during the original research into radar, scientists knew that there was really no such thing as 'stealth'. So, as usual, you were lied to by the MIC, while they picked your pockets of another few trillion dollars. Stealth is easily defeated using x-band radars, the types the Russians installed in the forward wing curls of all their fighter jets. You would be as clear as a bell to their air-to-air, from as far away as 250KM, well beyond the range of your missiles (including the British Meteor), but NOT beyond the range or capabilities of the Russian air-to-air ordinance.

Isn't geo-political chess funnnnn?

Your move.

man from glad's picture

The crazy thing is they have to let the NK's fire their artillery BEFORE they can destroy it. They just don't know where they all are. Same with the mobile missile launchers. And with RAP rounds the NK's can stand off their guns quite a way from the DMZ.

researchfix's picture

I don´t see Kim shooting at SK, except the US bases. They are both Koreans and hate Japan and US. I am sure nobody in SK cries about the fleeing Japs.

wildbad's picture

china is washing its hands as we speak. all are informed and making preparations.

there will be tactical nukes used in a first strike by the US as well as space weapons. they will try to short circuit a seoul vaporization with an immense first strike.

i'm not hopeful of success

its always shock and awe, until it isn't

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

for your information NK is making test for decades, nobody gave a fuck until financial world about to implode...

Correct. Gotta keep the sheep distracted.

guru69's picture

you've got a fucking problem

tmosley's picture

Yes, we all have a jew problem.

Swampster's picture

jooroo is just to stupid to connect the dots, so he lashed out with typical ashkeNAZI jew Saul Alinsky Rules For Radicals personal attacks....never once attempting to refute the facts....It's all in the book! Hitlery did a college thesis on it....

Swampster's picture

Israel is also the most racist country an earth. No black people are allowed to immigrate to Israel, no Hispanics, no Asians, no white people, no Indians,
and NO CHRISTIANS ARE ALLOWED! So that Makes Israel, Racist, Anti-Semitic, Hinduphobic and Christophobic. Does the Jew run media  ever report on that?
WAKE UP WHITE SHEEPLE! Why doesn't a Federal Judge say the SIX BILLION IN FOREIGN AID TO ISRAEL HAS TO STOP? Who controls the JEW-diciary?

Take a guess!!! Ummmm What can't that 8 TRILLION DOLLARS BUY?????

deimos178's picture

Don't be stupid. Any Jew has the right to return. They have the right to decide who lives there. There are plenty of black Jews serving in the IDF. 

Swampster's picture

It is you who is stupid AND A LIAR, Israel deports black jews who visit their country and refuse to allow any black refugees in.