Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) conducted a joint drill at the GSDF Asaka exercise area (Saitama Prefecture) on Jan. 26, simulating an attack by foreign terrorists. About 160 GSDF and police personnel participated, confirming their collaboration from the initial response to suppression of terrorists.
The sixth drill was conducted in accordance with an “on-site agreement on maintaining security during a public security operation,” which was agreed upon by the MPD and the GSDF in 2002. Bearing in mind the growing threat posed by North Korea, the drill was conducted according to the scenario that foreign armed operatives had landed and a police patrol car led the GSDF vehicles in jointly placing a cordon around them.
“Usually, we have limited opportunities to work with the police, but we need to jointly respond in the event of an actual threat,” said Commander Yoshinori Machinaka of the 1st Infantry Regiment, 1st Division of the GSDF. MPD First Public Security Division Chief Satoshi Iwase said, “Although equipment, chain of command and behavioral principles differ between the MPD and the GSDF, mutual understanding will help us jointly respond to a real situation.”