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Interview with new public safety commission chief

  • August 12, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

Interview with National Public Safety Commission Chairman Hachiro Okonogi


Q: The amended law on the punishment of organized crimes, including the provisions on the “crime of conspiracy,” is now in effect. What are your thoughts on the implementation of this law from now on?


Okonogi: In light of the Diet deliberations on this law, it is important to conduct investigations properly. I have instructed police departments nationwide that investigations should be conducted under the direction of police headquarters and that they need to be reported on in advance to the National Police Agency.


Q: We have only three years to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. How do you plan to prevent international terrorism and cyberattacks?


Okonogi: Japan needs to meet its security obligations as the host country. We are enhancing information collection and analysis and reinforcing countermeasures at points of entry to deal with international terrorism, as well as promoting joint cybersecurity exercises with operators of critical infrastructure to prevent cyberattacks. (Abridged)

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