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

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 

Comments

africoman Sep 5, 2017 6:10 AM Permalink

OMG! It's KIM Jong-un, the fat boy:Get the milkGet the breadGet the toilet papersWE ALL GONNA DIE[Sound of scared people shouting, running all over, Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo]

joey stalin Sep 5, 2017 3:29 AM Permalink

As usual, the Japs are trying their best to feed the war psychosis, and provoke a real war.  Fortunately, the international community recognize that the Japs suffer from mental health issues and suicidal tendencies, and are generally ignoring their infantile idiocy.

asstrix Sep 5, 2017 12:07 AM Permalink

If USA attack DPRK, this will be first time after WW2 that 'murikans attack someone who supposedly have the capability to hit back at mainland USA, right?

Ajax-1 Sep 4, 2017 11:11 PM Permalink

Shinzo Abe just needs to print more worthless Yen and give it to Kim Jung "Chumley" Un as a peace offering. It's not as if that crap is real money.

NoWayJose Sep 4, 2017 10:39 PM Permalink

The CIA has been pretty good at firing missiles from territory held by leaders they don't like -- so, go grab the NK missile from the ocean, fix it up, get some authentic missile parts from the Ukraine, stick a fake nuke on it (we have pictures), and get the CIA to launch it from NK toward China!

Dre4dwolf Sep 4, 2017 9:54 PM Permalink

Everyone is evacuating, looks like the word has gone down the chain to move everyone into position, the show is about to start.I doubt we will see it this month, what with the hurricanes and such, doesnt make a whole lot of sense to start a hot-war while a quarter of the country is under 5 ft of water. 

shinobi-7 Sep 4, 2017 9:25 PM Permalink

The Japanese in Korea have far less to fear than those living in Japan. If a nuclear device is launched it won't be on Seoul which is far to close but on one or more of the US military bases n Japan. All this noise is nothing but trying to raise the tension on the part of Japan.

moorewasthebestbond (not verified) Sep 4, 2017 8:44 PM Permalink

Ain't this some bullshit? Evacuate 60,000 Japs *back* to the only country in history that [supposedly] ever suffered nuclear attacks?

earleflorida moorewasthebestbond (not verified) Sep 4, 2017 9:17 PM Permalink

again, the japs weren't gonna sign a 'unconditional armitice with america', so we fired-bombd their entire landscape leaving the emperors palace untouched.we dropped the a-boms on armament producing cities with little population, and basically isolated from most of japan...--- in fact most japs 100 miles inland had no ideal a a-bomb was dropped or what it was, until truman threatened the emperor the next drop would be on his 'personal GOD's[?] Palace!the jap emperor was a god, a living breathing diety!!!

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joey stalin earleflorida Sep 5, 2017 3:38 AM Permalink

During WW2, the Jap elite message was fight to the death, until the war criminal parasite Jap elite was offered the opportunity to fight to the death, at which time the cowardly war criminals unconditionally surrendered.  Only 3 million Japs were killed but upwards of 20 million Asians were murdered by the Japs.  Do the math, and you'll see that at least 17 million Japs need to die for things to be even.

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rjdsaldanha Sep 4, 2017 7:34 PM Permalink

Everything will be very fast, military areas and launch ramps will be destroyed at a glance and neither will it be necessary to use nuclear weapons, the Fat Guy will be killed by one of them, the fat will be stay in history just like a rat who liked Swiss cheese.

earleflorida rjdsaldanha Sep 4, 2017 8:59 PM Permalink

you seem to forget that the 'forgotten war' wasn't a vicory for america or the south koreans'... it was a 'never ending war with no signed 'armitice' to be continued sometyme in the future?funny...basically macarthur got his ass handed to him when truman made him resign!truman [and] the american public (the international community) didn't have the stomach for wwiii with 'China and Russia' as it have been only ~7-8 years after wwii!macarthur wanted to drop a-bombs on china and had them available--- truman goes wacko and fires him--- macarthur comes home to ticker-tape parade in nyc as the greatest military in history.truman looks and laughs with his wiseman?!?what a fucking country,.. as the zionist israel nutjobs were mopping up palestinian land---... [as] in 'out of sight, out of mind'!

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pparalegal Sep 4, 2017 7:31 PM Permalink

Want to put a cork in Kim's mouth? Have Trump suspend all Chinese imports, freeze shipping containers on the docks and turn back all enroute ships.I would guess about 18 hours or less before Kim & the gang would be room temperature.  All else is The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism in action.

beijing expat Sep 4, 2017 7:09 PM Permalink

Who the fuck would be stupid enough to go to a holding area to be screened by a paranoid and delusional baby NeoCon government. I mean isn't that the sort of shit the Norks are accused of?

Honestly, weren't internment camps "holding areas"? Fucking Shinzo and his "national security " cabinet are making hay while the sun shines. Kim was the best thing that ever happened for him.

Sudden Debt Sep 4, 2017 6:52 PM Permalink

Incredible how they're pushing for war....they really really seem to need it to happen fast...To bad north korea hasn't figured out that they're just a pawn in the chess game.Russia knew... China knew...The west just wants to send million to war to launch the wartime monetary act where they can print everything they need and cause a 1000% inflation...and those who'll die? Give them a 5 dollar bronze start and a little cross.

earleflorida Sudden Debt Sep 4, 2017 8:12 PM Permalink

ya know, after wwi, britain and france were seriously running low on cash being in debt to the internationalist that financed the war,... placing their bets on both sides!ya must know that after wwii, all of europe was broke, esp., the british and french--- bankrupt...--- and guess what them two-great wars done did for both of em,... but[t], finnish them off financially!{???]   `wars don't make you wealthy?'   [!!!]contrary to believe--- they bankrupt you!!!sure, as long as their said hegemony stays solvent, but [?] at what cost?basically [and] historically in this last, and 'FINAL' millenium... america hegemony is bankrupt both financially, morally, and spiritually!!!

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Shue Sep 4, 2017 6:40 PM Permalink

Fuck the Japs, those cunts still up to today won't acknowledge their horrendous war crimes against American and Australian soldiers. They were worse than the Nazis, so fuck'm, if war breaks out in leaving SK won't help as they'll cop it in Japan anyway.

Bananamerican bluskyes Sep 4, 2017 8:53 PM Permalink

The International Military Tribunal for the Far East estimated that, in addition to children and the elderly, 20,000 Chinese women were raped during the occupation.[53] A large number of rapes were done systematically by the Japanese soldiers as they went from door to door, searching for girls, with many women being captured and gang raped.[54] The women were often killed immediately after being raped, often through explicit mutilation[55] or by penetrating vaginas with bayonets, long sticks of bamboo, or other objects. Young children were not exempt from these atrocities and were cut open to allow Japanese soldiers to rape them.[56]On 19 December 1937, the Reverend James M. McCallum wrote in his diary:

I know not where to end. Never I have heard or read such brutality. Rape! Rape! Rape! We estimate at least 1,000 cases a night and many by day. In case of resistance or anything that seems like disapproval, there is a bayonet stab or a bullet ... People are hysterical ... Women are being carried off every morning, afternoon and evening. The whole Japanese army seems to be free to go and come as it pleases, and to do whatever it pleases.[57]The slaughter of civilians is appalling. I could go on for pages telling of cases of rape and brutality almost beyond belief.Last night the house of one of the Chinese staff members of the university was broken into and two of the women, his relatives, were raped. Two girls, about 16, were raped to death in one of the refugee camps. In the University Middle School where there are 8,000 people the Japs came in ten times last night, over the wall, stole food, clothing, and raped until they were satisfied. They bayoneted one little boy of eight who [had] five bayonet wounds including one that penetrated his stomach, a portion of omentum was outside the abdomen. I think he will live.[59] In his diary kept during the aggression against the city and its occupation by the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Safety Zone, John Rabe, (an 'actual' Nazi) wrote many comments about Japanese atrocities. For 17 December:
Two Japanese soldiers have climbed over the garden wall and are about to break into our house. When I appear they give the excuse that they saw two Chinese soldiers climb over the wall. When I show them my party badge, they return the same way. In one of the houses in the narrow street behind my garden wall, a woman was raped, and then wounded in the neck with a bayonet. I managed to get an ambulance so we can take her to Kulou Hospital ... Last night up to 1,000 women and girls are said to have been raped, about 100 girls at Ginling College ... alone. You hear nothing but rape. If husbands or brothers intervene, they're shot. What you hear and see on all sides is the brutality and bestiality of the Japanese soldiers.[60]

There are also accounts of Japanese troops forcing families to commit incestuous acts.[61] Sons were forced to rape their mothers, and fathers were forced to rape their daughters.

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