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Japan warns citizens of possible attack in 6 Southeast Asian nations

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"Religious facilities"? Well, that's kinda broad, especially for those countries. In places like Chiang Mai, it seems there's a temple on every street corner.

One wonders about the usefulness of warnings when they are so frustratingly vague.

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Maybe Vietnam pressed them to say this during their recent meetings.

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Interesting list of specific countries and what they may have in common, aside from all being in SE Asia? Could it have something to do with recent, available sources of intel? From other recent stories:

*- “We have offered necessary assistance such as issuing a visas, arranging airline tickets," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said the J government will continue to provide support for other evacuees. The JSDF were dispatched to the region in late Aug to evacuate around 500 people wishing to leave Afghanistan.By the end of the evacuation mission on Aug 31, the SDF had only evacuated one Japanese as well as 14 Afghans.”*

From this story:

*- “The warning applies to J citizens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.The advisory was met with puzzlement in several of those nations, which said they had no knowledge of such a threat, or details from Japan as to the source of its information.” -*

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Where did the intelligence come from? The Five Eyes?

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Over cautious ? Why would only Japan have such an info ?

A few years back, in 2019, I went to Korea just on the day of the 100 anniversary of the independence March, Japan was also advising its citizen to avoid going around places where ceremonies were held, as it tends to gather nationalists.

My wife is Japanese, it wasn’t any issue when walking around. Japanese were not a target. But when it comes to Korea, this kind of warning is more political than anything else

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Religious facilities"? Well, that's kinda broad,

It doesn't take a genius to work it out, it will be an attack on Christian worship places by you know who.

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It would be helpful to give an indication of why and where the threat is coming from even if they can’t give details of the source of the intelligence.

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Where did the intelligence come from? The Five Eyes?

That I can easily estimate and continuously expect even blindly, totally drunken, sleepy at 2.30a.m. But you are right, a few stupid people or ignorants need four eyes and intelligence services’ warnings beforehand. lol

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In Thailand, someone might attack you with a water pistol during Songkran.

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And how is it that the U.S. State Dept hasn't issued any similar warnings or any of the other "quad" nations of which Japan is a part of? Isn't intelligence sharing part of the alliance? Another credibility hit for Japan.

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Surprising. Japan is an ally and economic partner of those nations, is tolerant of all religions and certainly does not wage war against any of them. There are no known terror groups that hate Japan.

It baffles me as to why Japanese citizens could be targeted for any terror attacks.

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Suga had Chinese food for dinner, his after dinner fortune cookie contained this warning! So he acted immediately and dispersed this information.

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It baffles me as to why Japanese citizens could be targeted for any terror attacks.

I doubt Japanese are the intended targets but you would not want to be around a bombing as an innocent bystander.

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A little surprised anyone would worry about a bombing in Singapore. Their police are, um, efficient, yes let's put it that way.

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Singapore? Singapore (and perhaps Switzerland) are about the only countries in the world that are "safer" than Japan.

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In the Philippines, the most worry a Japanese national could have is being scammed, pickpocketed and other petty theft towards foreigners. I also question the source of this report, but Japan being Japan, this is nothing extraordinary

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I like my Japanese "Friends" though... behind their "face" friendship, there is a veil which worries me at times, do they really believe the times of past ?

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In the Philippines, the most worry a Japanese national could have is being scammed, pickpocketed and other petty theft towards foreigners

In most areas of the country, yes. But there are a lot of radical Islamist groups in the southern regions of the country around Mindanao - I definitely would want to avoid those areas.

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Pretty sure not many Japanese are hanging out in Myanmar at the moment.

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Maybe a false alarm! Japan has the most inefficient intelligence services in modern countries!

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In Thailand, someone might attack you with a water pistol during Songkran.

Yes, or you might be blown up as insurgents bomb a market that sells pork (January 2018), or you might be blown up as you bring your children to school, or you might get bombed at any security checkpoint, of you might get blown up by randomly placed roadside bombs. To say there is no terror threat in Thailand is to ignore reality.

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They forgot to warn Japanese Citizens in the USA of a possible attack, anywhere, anytime, any place...

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In these countries, religious facilities can't even invite huge crowd these days, and almost every major corner had check points in order to control population movement due to the pandemic, and these suicide bombers still find a way to do whatever they have to do? Ridiculous!

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Sounds kind of odd. Yeah maybe parts of Indonesia and perhaps the Muslim areas of the Philippines but thats only speculation because both countries are relatively stable.

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Has anyone been blown up in Thailand lately?

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A generalized warning to several countries? An upcoming anniversary of something? Japan alone issues warning to its citizens, and suddenly stands out because of this?

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This does not sound like reliable intelligence at all...I mean Singapore.???

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Someone probably pushed the report button by accident.

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I sincerely doubt there would be any suicide bombings in Singapore anyway.

Japanese are not strangers to suicides.

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Social ineptitude gone wild.

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I am going to assume this is because the US has left Afghanistan and the neo-conservatives are propagating the myth that somehow terrorist attacks are going to increase as a result of the US not being able to intercept communications of terror plots around the world as well as they used to. Or perhaps they believe that the terrorists have become emboldened by the Taliban and the tactics they used over the years against the US.

Regardless, I think this warning is typical of the Japanese government. One of those paranoid "just in case" things they do without any solid evidence, like how all the garbage cans disappeared from train stations.

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Ironic how Vietnam. Laos and Cambodia are excluded.

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Yes, you are right, the words Southeast Asia shouldn’t be get so much intonation in such topics, as it has nothing to do with geography. lol

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The Philippines is the country where Japanese are killed the most. Japanese are killed every year.

Mostly robbery and murder for money.

https://honsuki.jp/series/kikenshisou/5567.html

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Call me out if I'm wrong, but it sounds like the Japanese government's big-noting itself to me, but for what purpose I'm not exactly sure, unless it's to stimulate support from other nations in the area against possible threats generally from North Korea and China

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Singapore ? I have a hard time believing it, it seems like a geographical targeting, could the be coming from space ? Or just Japan, for some reason, trying to reduce the tourism to this region ?

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Japan's Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack.

The ministry said it had obtained information that "there are increased risks such as suicide bombings."

True. Bidens disastrous failure in Afghanistan has given the militant Jihad a shot in the arm. That said, the thread of jihadist suicide bombers is always there, I hope we are not back to those days of '"code red, orange, yellow" after 9.11.

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Japan love to make ridiculous announcements.

Perhaps it helps them feel in control.

Scared of their own shadow.

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AramaTaihenNoYouDidnt

Ironic how Vietnam. Laos and Cambodia are excluded.

To point out the obvious: Those do not have large muslim population segments, so less water for the jihadis to swim in.

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Ironic how Vietnam. Laos and Cambodia are excluded.

Three countries are the most stable ones in the ASEAN with no insurgency or terrorism whatsoever.

Maybe Vietnam pressed them to say this during their recent meetings.

Given how the Defence Minister of Japan visited Vietnam a day ago, so it is possible.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Maybe the warning should be for SEVEN countries:

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A little surprised anyone would worry about a bombing in Singapore. 

I was surprised too, but I looked on the UK government's travel advice pages and it says this about Singapore:

"Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Singapore."

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/singapore/terrorism

All the other countries in the article are also described as places where terrorist attacks are likely or very likely.

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False flag fear mongering?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

I'm sure they have a credible source of intel. Aside from collaborating closely with Western countries, Japan also has its own quite capable intelligence gathering abilities.

That being said, for some reason the first thing that popped into my mind when reading this was that article about how the Taliban in Afghanistan was reaching out to Japan to try and establish relations. I hope they aren't the source!

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Japanese are getting paranoid.

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From Who? That is what I want to know, Why is it a secret?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

paranoia at its best thanks to covid we are locked here in Japan...

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Well, if this vague information is what they got, then they have to share it, If something bad happens, then everyone will be finger-pointing, saying, “Why didn’t you tell us?”

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Falls Alarm!???

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Look at the countries named The warning applies to Japanese citizens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. All of these countries are pretty much Muslim.

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Toshihiro

In the Philippines, the most worry a Japanese national could have is being scammed, pickpocketed and other petty theft towards foreigners.

Does your "Philippines" include Mindanao? I would say your Japanese national would have som additional worries there.

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Japan is getting paranoid because Japan have to please America. Every country have their own secret service and they will know if there are threats to their citizens lives.

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All those countries have an active Muslim insurgent element.

If or when a terrorist attack does happen, the same critics will be quick to criticize Japan for lack of hazard management, and heiwa-boke…

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Don't understand where they're getting this from if the other nations don't know either. Seems really vague

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Planet fear strikes again!

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Don't understand where they're getting this from if the other nations don't know either. Seems really vague

Could be that they have information the other nations don't. Or that the other nations don't want to admit it, or that they don't find the information credible. There are all sorts of reasons why the other nations may be claiming not to know, plenty of them still legitimate reasons. There are legitimate reasons for being vague as well.

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@3:36pm is totally irrelevant and entirely ‘off-topic’. This issue concerns the safety of Japanese in six “southeast Asian nations”, clearly understood by those with knowledge of even basic geography. It doesn’t require any alleged prior skills in military ground navigation or pontificated knowledge of nihilistic, evolutionary theories. Even Japanese elementary students know where each of these countries lie.

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