Following the recent hostage incident in which members of ISIS took two Japanese nationals hostage and executed them, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it will use an international emergency SMS for Japanese nationals abroad to inform them of potential threats.
The ministry said individuals who register with the service will be sent an emergency SMS as soon as any national disaster, terror threat, or other danger is identified, TV Asahi reported Saturday. If they need help, they will be asked to send back an alert. Once security has been restored, users will receive a second message informing them that the danger has passed.
Registration for Asia, the Middle East and North America where a large number of Japanese nationals reside is expected to begin sometime this week. Safety information will be made available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' "Safety Abroad" home page which will also be formatted for optimal smartphone use by the end of next month.
The ministry also announced that along with increased numbers of guards at schools across Japan, security cameras and other safety measures will be bolstered in the weeks and months to come.© Japan Today