Japanese Security Authorities run trials before Olympics

Japanese security agencies are on high alert even before the first participants of the Olympic games has even landed in Japanese soil. This is because the agencies are now preparing for a new method to counter threats.


These new threats have popped up in crowded places over the past decade and a half and they’re called terrorism.


Japan plans to counter terrorism with new technology such as drones, security cameras and ancient technology such as samurai swords and bows and arrows. And simple and basic security measures such as patting people down physically or with a scanner before they enter a building.


Photo credit to: https://www.marathon.tokyo

Japan has spent quite a large sum of money in this new security technology – a sum of money that Japan will not divulge at the present time.


One new device is called a “sasumata” device. It is similar to a samurai’s long-staffed sword called a naginata except the blade is replaced with a reverse double-hook to stop people from entering and keeping them at a safe distance.


Other safety and security devices used will be traditional methods like pepper spray, tasers and, if necessary, tear gas and rubber bullets. To a point, and for the safety of all participants and officers, our agency was told that snipers with live ammo will be placed in strategic positions.


The reason why Japan’s security agencies are on high alert is because there are 38,000 participants to participate this year and that’s excluding families, visitors, guests, lovers and just random spectators.


About 140 security cameras will be installed though some have argued for more cameras to increase security. Also, security experts say that there should be thermal imaging and night vision cameras as well to increase the chance of catching a terrorist or trouble maker.


Japan is taking this seriously because if it doesn’t, it may face consequences in the future in the form of less tourists.


Reference: Tokyo Marathon to be real-life security trial run ahead of Games


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