(Sankei: February 10, 2016 – p. 23)
How to respond to terrorist attacks at “soft targets,” public places with lax security such as stadiums and museums, is a hot topic these days. On Feb. 9, Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department and other organizations conducted a joint drill based on a scenario in which Tokyo Dome (Bunkyo Ward) was hit by a terrorist attack during a major event.
[Under the scenario] a man was stopped by a guard at a security gate and then used a gun to take a woman hostage and throw a bag containing explosives into the open plaza. The riot police special weapons squad rushed to the scene and subdued the man as he was attempting to flee with his accomplices. After evacuating the spectators to a safe place, the bomb disposal unit removed the explosives from the premises.
“There is a strong chance of soft targets being attacked by terrorists. Maintaining a sense of crisis, we want to promote cooperation between the private and public sectors,” said Shinichi Hoshino, deputy superintendent of the Tomisaka Police Station.