posted on Feb, 20 2004 @ 12:20 PM
I believe the alert status has something to do with the explosions earlier this week.
-- Since I was beat in posting---
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan tightened security on Friday at 650 vital facilities around the country, including nuclear power plants, government offices
and U.S. facilities, to guard against a possible terrorist attack, a National Police Agency official said.
Japan is not commenting on the exact number of extra forces that are being used, and they are not saying if they have any more leads on suspected
terrorist operations in their country, but it is possible that the extra security is related to the explosions at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo
earlier this week. No damages or injuries are being reported from these explosions. A group calling itself "Kakumeigun" (Revolutionary Army) has
sent letters to the press claiming responsibility for the explosions, stating that they were trying to prevent deployment of more Japanese troops to
Currently Japan has approximately 100 troops in Samawa in southern Iraq where they are mainly involved in humanitarian aid. This is the largest
military mission that Japan has undergone in the last 50 years. The country has a pacifist constitution and no Japanese soldier has been killed or
engaged in combat since World War Two. About fifty percent of Japan is opposed to the deployment in Iraq, and the deployment is getting little
television coverage. Japan has even told Japanese media to leave Iraq to limit coverage.
[Edited on 20-2-2004 by dbates]