Saturday, February 14, 2015

Over 200 Take Part in Counter-Terrorism Drill at Tokyo Marathon Start

translated by Brett Larner

Ahead of next weekend's Tokyo Marathon, the police department conducted counter-terrorism training with race officials and course volunteers on Feb. 13 at the start point in front of Tokyo City Hall.  In response to the "Islamic State" kidnapping of Japanese citizens and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the Tokyo Marathon will be carried out under a state of high security.

Roughly 230 people from the city government and Tokyo Marathon Foundation took part in the training.  The scenario rehearsed involved two men carrying bombs refusing to submit to baggage inspection and entering the start area.  Along with an evacuation of the area, riot squad officers and police dogs subdued the two men.  A wide restricted area perimeter was established and a bomb disposal team was deployed.

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