(Asahi: February 4, 2016 – p. 29)
The Metropolitan Police Department is enhancing its counterterrorism security ahead of the Ise-Shima Summit in May. It has set up an armed unit and a team specializing in capturing drones, as well as stepped up efforts to prevent the entry of suspicious visitors at ports and airports and to collect information from citizens.
As part of measures to prevent the entry of people on a blacklist in advance, it is promoting the use of the advanced passenger information system and biometrics immigration identification & clearance system.
It has also requested drugstores and retailers handling chemicals used in the production of explosives to report visits by suspicious persons. With the number of visitors expected to rise through the use of “minpaku” accommodations that use private homes, it keeps an eye on lodging places, as well as patrolling cyberspace to catch signs of anti-social movements in advance.
To better respond to lone-wolf terror attacks, the MPD has launched an emergency response team, which has been in operation since April. It consists of high-caliber members of its armed riot squad and is on standby around the clock for emergencies.
To address cyberattacks across international borders, the MPD is partnering with businesses to form a consultative commission to discuss how to counter cyberterrorism. It has also implemented drones that net small, unmanned drones ahead of other prefectural police departments. It will send a team of drone specialists, set up at the end of last year, to the Ise-Shima Summit.
To raise public awareness of counterterrorism measures and collect information on suspicious moves and personnel, its 102 branch offices in Tokyo join hands with local businesses and community organizations. (Abridged)