NHK reported this morning that MOFA raised its travel alert for Russia to “Level 3,” the second-highest notch on its four-tier warning system, advising Japanese nationals not to travel to the nation. The network said MOFA is calling on Japanese nationals in Russia to consider leaving via commercial flights and all Japanese nationals to refrain from traveling to the nation for any purpose as transportation may be limited following measures taken by nations to ban Russian aircraft from their airspace. Japan raised its travel alert for the region bordering with Ukraine to the highest level last week. The network said there were about 2,400 Japanese nationals living in Russia as of March 6, according MOFA. All commercial networks carried similar stories.