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Japan Raises Terror Alert to Highest Level

Japan intensified security at airports, nuclear plants and government facilities Friday as a precaution against a possible terror attack, a National Police Agency official said. The government’s heightened alert sent a shiver through global financial markets, knocking the Japanese yen to 10-week lows against the dollar. The official refused to discuss whether the government had new information about a possible terror strike, but said this was the highest level of preparedness since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Japan does not have clear levels of alert like in the United States. During the heightened alert, riot police armed with automatic rifles will guard Tokyo and Kansai international airports and nuclear power and reprocessing facilities, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. He would not disclose how many officers were added. Full Story

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