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NPSC chief Kono says Japan will take all possible anti-terrorism measures for G7 summit, Olympics

(Sankei: November 16, 2015 – p. 5)


 Appearing on the Fuji TV program “Shin Hodo 2001” on Nov. 15, Taro Kono, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission (NPSC) and minister in charge of administrative reform, said that in light of the Paris attacks by Islamic State militants, “Japan will take all possible measures to prevent terrorism while hosting the Ise-Shima [G7] Summit next year and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.” He then emphasized: “When devising anti-terrorism measures, it is important to carefully collect and analyze information.” Following the program, Kono disclosed to the press corps that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had instructed him through Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga “to make efforts to put together anti-terrorism measures.”


 Regarding the “autumn review” of the government budget outlays for programs across all ministries, which the government implemented on Nov. 11-13, Kono said: “It has triggered medium-to-long-term discussions such as disclosure of information on nuclear power (related programs), it functioned well. I would like to carefully follow up.” He made the remarks to reporters in Tokyo.

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