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Japan Air Force One's flight path published online

Published on Sep 4, 2014 12:35 PM
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to get off his plane upon his arrival in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on July 27, 2014. It emerged that details about the flight path and exact location of Mr Abe's plane had been posted on the Internet for anyone to see. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's security-conscious government admitted on Thursday that details about the flight path and exact location of the prime minister's plane had been posted on the Internet for anyone to see.

In a breach the defence ministry hurried to fix, Flightradar 24 - a website and mobile app that enables users to track air traffic around the world - had been carrying details of Shinzo Abe's official flights as he travelled abroad.

Using the application, which processes data sent from aircraft, anyone on a smartphone or computer was able to see where Japan's official planes - which carry the premier as well as the emperor and empress - was going.

The Defence Ministry, which is in charge of the official planes, does not normally disclose details of such flights for security concerns.

 
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