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JR West conducts antiterror drills ahead of G-20 Summit

  • May 20, 2019
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Himeji, Hyogo Pref., May 20 (Jiji Press) — West Japan Railway Co. <9021> conducted antiterror drills on a Shinkansen bullet train and a station on Monday, ahead of the summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in the western Japan city of Osaka on June 28-29.

The railway operator, known as JR West, carried out the drills in cooperation with the Hyogo prefectural police department and the fire department of the city of Himeji in the western prefecture, on the scenario that a weapon-wielding suspicious person assaulted passengers on a Nozomi train traveling between Aioi and Himeji stations, both in Hyogo, on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line.

Crew members in protective gear tried to bring the attacker under control while other members of the crew helped injured passengers evacuate. Police officers stormed into the train at Himeji Station and apprehended the suspect.

Firefighters performed a triage on a platform at the station, and an antiriot police squad collected a bag left by the attacker in the train.

“We could carry out the drills with a sense of tension in cooperation with police and fire authorities,” JR West Executive Officer Kuniaki Morikawa said after the exercise. “We’ll strengthen security further toward the G-20 summit,” he added.

Also on Monday, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso at a meeting in Tokyo urged top customs officials from around the country to take thorough steps to prevent terror attacks in the run-up to the G-20 summit. “A crucial time for customs authorities has come,” he said.

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