Japan Warns Citizens to Avoid “Western-owned” Facilities in Six Southeast Asian Countries Due to Possible Terror Attack

Japan Warns Citizens to Avoid “Western-owned” Facilities in Six Southeast Asian Countries Due to Possible Terror Attack

On Monday, Japan’s Foreign Ministry warned its citizens against possible terror attacks in six Southeast Asian countries – Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar. They encouraged its citizens to avoid crowded places and any “Western-owned” facilities such as hotels and restaurants, and religious sites.

According to the Japanese ministry, it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as suicide bombings.”

The advisory caused confusion in several of those countries. The embassy said in a statement, “We issued a warning to alert Japanese people residing in some Southeast Asian countries, but we cannot disclose the source.” 

The AP reported:

Tanee Sangrat, spokesman for Thailand’s Foreign Ministry, said Japan had not revealed the origin of the warning and that the Japanese Embassy had no further details other than to say it was “not specific to Thailand.”

Thai security agencies have no information of their own about a possible threat, said deputy police spokesman Kissana Pathanacharoen.

Similarly, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said it was not aware of any information about an elevated threat level, while Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah denied that any warning was even sent to Japanese citizens there.

Malaysian police also have not received any information or detected any security threats, national police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said.

In the short advisory, Japan urged its citizens to pay close attention to local news and information and use caution “for the time being,” but did not give a specific timeframe or other details.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry refused to provide the source of the information or say whether it was shared with other countries.

It said the advisory had been sent to its embassies in the countries concerned to be distributed to Japanese citizens.

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