Japan on high alert amid war games
Sun Nov 28, 2010
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told reporters on Friday night that the government is taking all possible measures, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday.
Kan instructed all cabinet ministers to remain in Tokyo during the military exercises in order to prepare for any contingency.
The remarks come as Japan’s Defense Ministry has deployed EP-3 surveillance aircraft to collect signals from the Korean Peninsula.
The United States and South Korea have engaged in war games on Sunday that include use of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington.
The drills are taking place less than a week after the alleged North Korean artillery fire on the small island of Yeonpyeong. Four people died in the incident and several more were injured. Many homes were also set ablaze in the strike.
The populated Yeonpyeong Island, located in the Yellow Sea, has long been a flash point between Seoul and Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, North Korea has warned that unpredictable consequences could follow the joint naval exercises.
Meanwhile, South Korean military has also decided to strengthen its force on five islands close to North Korea as a measure to prevent the situation from escalating in the event of an armed clash, The Korea Times newspaper reported on Thursday.