‘Anti-terrorism drills’ with canine performed forward of Tokyo 2020 Video games

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TOKYO (Information) – Japanese officers undertook ‘anti-terrorism’ drills involving canine skilled to detect suspicious objects, together with explosives, at Tokyo Station on Wednesday as they ramp up safety preparations for subsequent 12 months’s Olympic Video games.

FILE PHOTO: Summer time sunshine is seen by way of Olympic rings displayed at Nihonbashi district in Tokyo, Japan August 5, 2019. Information/Issei Kato

Throughout the drill, specifically skilled Labrador and Beagle canine sniffed commuters close to ticket boundaries as officers try and stability the necessity for safety while not inflicting an excessive amount of disruption to the capital’s busy transport system.

Almost 20 million folks use public transport each day within the better Tokyo space, dwelling to greater than 35 million folks.

An estimated 600,000 extra individuals are anticipated to return to town throughout Video games’ time, which means each safety and environment friendly transport are considerations for native officers.

Wednesday’s drills comply with related check performed at one other Tokyo subway station in March.

At separate checks, physique scanners have additionally been launched to detect hazardous objects hidden in clothes, in response to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry (MLIT).

“This can be a new undertaking performed for Tokyo 2020,” the ministry’s railway chief Hidenoby Nomoto advised reporters on Wednesday.

“Contemplating the results of this experiment check, we wish to analyze the fluidity of vacationers, or how the purchasers felt.”

A lot of the commuters observing the drills on Wednesday have been happy with the additional safety measures.

“They do these sorts of safety in airports (so) I feel it’s a pleasant factor to do for security,” stated Tokyo resident Sayaka Ito.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics run from July 24 – Aug. 9.

Reporting by Akira Tomoshige and Shiori Ozawa; writing by Jack Tarrant; modifying by Michael Perry