Japanese expats warned about terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia

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Japanese citizens living in Thailand reportedly got an email warning about potential terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia. The alert advises Japanese expats in six nations to stay away from religious facilities and crowds, according to the Associated Press. Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told AP reporters that the warning was due to “increased risks such as of suicide bombings.”

Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the warning is not specifically related to Thailand. Without going into much detail, the ministry’s spokesperson made a Twitter post in response to news saying ….

The news that Japanese MFA’s sent emails to Japanese citizens in Southeast Asia against possible terrorist acts, the Japanese embassy in Thailand informed that it was an instruction from the Japanese MFA and could not elaborate on the info and it was NOT specific to Thailand.

According to Nation Thailand, the Japanase Embassy told Thai authorities that a similar email warning of possible terrorist attacks was sent to Japanese citizens in Myanmar, Singapore, and Malaysia.

The foreign ministry’s spokesperson was quoted in the Bangkok Post, saying Japan’s MFA had “not specified the source of information leading it to issue the terrorism alert or as to what exact locations in the region that the alert is referring to in particular.”

“The embassy couldn’t elaborate on the alert either as it has no further information other than that provided in the terrorism alert in question.”

The Bangkok Post said the Royal Thai Police also “played down” the terrorism threat. A deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police said the alert is general warning that was simply issued at certain time intervals.

“Security authorities and the Special Branch Bureau have insisted that there are no signs of any new terrorist attacks being plotted in or targeting Thailand at the moment.”

SOURCES: Nation Thailand| Bangkok Post| Associated Press

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.