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2 years to go: Tokyo police tightening waterfront security ahead of 2020 Games

  • August 1, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 10:00 a.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo police are set to beef up security in waterfront areas of the Japanese capital to prevent terrorist attacks from the sea during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Events for the Tokyo Games are scheduled to take place at 43 venues in nine prefectures, including Tokyo, and 14 of them, as well as the athletes village and the media center, will be located around the Port of Tokyo.

Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, which will be used by Olympic and Paralympic athletes, officials for the games and foreign dignitaries during the period of the sporting events, also faces the sea, requiring a great deal of caution against the possibility of terrorists approaching the facility in small boats.

When Japan hosted the 2016 Group of Seven summit on the island of Kashikojima in the city of Shima in the central prefecture of Mie, navigation of ships around and flights over the island were banned in principle. In addition, sonars and acoustic cameras were installed under the water to detect suspicious objects.

Following this example, the Metropolitan Police Department of Tokyo will restrict ship navigation in waters near the competition venues and other facilities in the waterfront areas during the 2020 Games, while considering introducing state-of-the-art security equipment.

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