The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Saturday that in collaboration with major mobile phone operators NTT DoCoMo and KDDI (au), it will start disseminating local information on terrorism and other issues via mobile devices to Japanese residents abroad. The measure will be announced on Tuesday as an important part of MOFA’s initiative to maintain the safety of Japanese citizens living overseas. MOFA has been looking into strengthening safety measures since the terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
When travelers arrive at foreign airports, a website with a registration option for MOFA’s “Tabi-Regi” system will appear on the same display as the data roaming fee information sent by DoCoMo and au. By registering with the system, short-term travelers can receive up-to- date information on travel destinations and email notifications of any emergency situations that arise, including terrorism incidents, from Japanese embassies in the region.
The government stresses the importance of receiving timely and accurate information in reducing the risk of encountering terrorist attacks abroad. Since the Tabi-Regi system was launched two years ago, about 800,000 travelers have registered. MOFA hopes to increase the number to 2,400,000 by the summer of 2018.
After the Dhaka terror attack that claimed seven Japanese lives, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida called for safety measures for Japanese overseas to be reviewed and strengthened. The initiative also includes improving information gathering and reinforcing security operations.