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Tokyo to create counterterrorism unit for the 2020 Olympics

  • January 11, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 27
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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike examined the proposed security allocations for the FY18 budget on Jan. 10. There will be an emphasis on counterterrorism measures, emergency medical services, and so forth and on additional personnel and supplies for these purposes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

 

An integrated task force that specializes in counterterrorism and responding to major disasters will be created under the Tokyo Fire Department. This unit will have high-performance command and control vans capable of issuing on-site orders, armored rescue trucks that can withstand blasts from explosions, and other equipment. An allocation of 230 million yen has been earmarked for this purpose. 

 

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the number of emergency service callouts was about 770,000 in Tokyo in 2016, far exceeding the national average (of roughly 130,000.) The metropolitan government will budget 460 million yen for fiscal 2018 to increase the number of emergency service workers by 60 in fiscal 2018 and by 70 in fiscal 2019 and deploy more ambulances.

 

Further, it will include 56 million yen in the fiscal 2018 budget to establish a system for predicting demand for emergency services according to the time of day or weather by analyzing cell phone location and other information using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

 

The Japanese capital will also allocate some 1.7 billion yen for recruiting and training volunteer guides for Olympic venues and 120 million yen for studies on building an airport on Tokyo’s Chichijima island in the Ogasawara chain and on [suitable] aircraft for the planned airport.

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