Sep 12, 2013
Olympic bomb squad: Members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department wearing special suits attempt Thursday to remove an unidentified object during a counterterrorism drill in the Harumi district in Chuo Ward, close to where the Olympic Village for the Tokyo 2020 Games is expected to be built. About 50 residents and police officers participated in the drill, the first in a series of exercises the metropolitan police is planning to hold during the lead-up to the Olympics. | KYODO
About 50 people, including private security guards, took part in the drill in the Harumi district of Chuo Ward along Tokyo Bay, where the Olympic village is planned to be built. Much of it consists of landfill.
A neighboring commercial complex just a kilometer away that draws more than 20,000 office workers during weekdays, was also involved in the drill.
The drill was based on a bomb threat at the main gate of the commercial complex being called in by a terrorist group opposed to the Olympics.
The security guards and police officers started out by pretending to discover an unattended bag. A sniffer dog then confirmed the bag contained explosives, which were later removed by an MPD bomb squad unit wearing thick protective gear.
“There has been a terror attack at an Olympic village in the past. We need to be fully prepared for the Tokyo Olympics,” Masaki Chiba, chief of the MPD’s Tsukishima police station, told the participants. Chiba called on residents to report anything suspicious to the police, stressing that terrorists always make preparations.
According to the Tokyo 2020 bid committee, the Olympic village will have training facilities and accommodate some 17,000 people.
The MPD set up a liaison office the same day to coordinate security measures with other bodies involved in the games, and will work closely with the National Police Agency and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.