Tokyo has ordered all diplomatic offices abroad to beef up security after the Islamic State militant group called on its supporters to attack Japanese missions in Indonesia, Malaysia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday.
The militant group issued the message in the latest edition of Dabiq, its English-language magazine whose copies are circulated over the Internet.
Japanese expats in the three countries are also urged to be conscious about their safety, Suga added.
“We are aware that such an article has been carried (in the magazine). We are cooperating with host countries to guard the overseas government offices,” Suga said.
After the militant group killed two Japanese hostages earlier this year, the magazine published photos of the victims, 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa and 47-year-old Kenji Goto.
The magazine said the group executed the two to “humiliate the arrogance of this Japanese government,” and accused Japan of having been a player in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.