(Themis: February 2016 – p. 23-25)
The government is stepping up efforts to tighten security on the assumption that a terrorist attack might happen in Japan. It will host the G-7 summit in the Ise-shima region in Mie Prefecture in May. Prior to this event, a series of ministerial meetings are scheduled to be held across the country. In 2020, Tokyo will be hosting the Olympic Games.
Against this background, there are ominous indications that foreign intelligence agents and would-be terrorists are gathering in Kumamoto to collect information on the Chemo-Sero-Therapeutic Research Institute, known as Kaketsuken.
The fact that Kaketsuken is drawing the interest of these people has come to light through the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), which the government introduced as part of counterterrorism measures. The system tracked their destinations and found they headed to Kumamoto.
It is suspected that foreign intelligence agents and would-be terrorists are in Kumamoto to gain access to biological weapons.
“Chinese and South Korean secret agents have entered Japan probably to learn about how botulinum is being managed and the risk of its leakage [sic],” said a Japanese public safety official. “People linked to Islamic State, on the other hand, are trying to obtain botulinum to produce biological weapons.”
Many research institutes and semipublic corporations in Japan are vulnerable to intelligence attacks, as security at these places is not so tight. The government should waste no time to establish measures to protect these organizations from foreign secret agents and terrorists. (Summary)