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Japan on alert after killing of North Korean leader's brother

The Japanese government is closely watching developments after
the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother in
Malaysia, analyzing the situation with information shared with China,
Malaysia, South Korea and the United States.

"The government has a strong interest and is monitoring" events,
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference
Wednesday. "We will make sure that we can respond to any kind of
situation."

The South Korean government said it is certain that Kim Jong
Nam was murdered in Malaysia. Malaysian police are analyzing footage
from a security camera at Kuala Lumpur International Airport showing
two women suspected of attacking Kim Jong Nam there on Monday morning.

"It seems North Korea is in considerable confusion," a Japanese
prime minister's office source said.

A senior Japanese government official said Tokyo may need to
change its policy on North Korea if analysis of the latest incident
shows Kim Jong Un's administration is becoming shaky.

Another government source said the Japanese government will be
watching to see if there is a change in North Korea's relationship
with China, which is believed to have played a role in guarding Kim
Jong Nam. (Feb. 15)