Japan is working on a multi-step plan to help the nearly 60,000 of its residents currently in South Korea in the event of a war with North Korea.
Nikkei Asian Review reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with lawmakers Monday and said the possibility of tensions between North Korea and the West boiling over is growing more likely.
“There is a possibility of further provocations,” Abe said. “We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people.”
Keeping the 57,000 or so Japanese citizens currently in South Korea safe if the United States conducts a military strike on North Korea would involve an evacuation plan — even before a planned strike occurs, which would likely tip off the North Koreans.
“If the U.S. decided on a military strike against the North, the Japanese government would start moving toward an evacuation