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Japan to deploy toxic gas detectors for Rugby World Cup, Olympics

  • November 18, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 1:53 p.m.
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Tokyo, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press) — Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency plans to deploy toxic gas detectors in major cities as part of antiterrorism measures for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, officials said.

The device can track the movement of gases in real time as far as 5 kilometers away.

Utilizing an infrared camera, it can identify some 50 types of chemical substances contained in toxic gases, including sarin and chlorine, without collecting gas samples.

The agency is considering deploying the detectors initially in major cities in the Tokyo metropolitan area by the end of March 2019 and then in host cities for the events, the sources said.

 

The detectors will be utilized for evacuation guidance that would be issued when terrorist attacks occur at event venues, rail stations, airports and other public places.

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