Local Government Strengthens Public Safety for the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit

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Osaka is regarded as one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the Land of the Rising Sun. It is known as the second largest metropolitan area in Japan after the country’s capital city, Tokyo. Hundreds of thousand of international tourists and travel enthusiasts from different parts of the globe look forward to visit the awe-inspiring traditional castles and establishments located in the city such as the Osaka Castle Park, Osaka State Guest House, the city’s Universal Studios and Osaka Aquarium, among others.

 

This year, Osaka is chosen to host a big multi-national event for the Group of 20 (G20) Leaders’ Summit that is expected to attract a crowd of more than thirty thousand people. Since it is the very first G20 summit to be held in Japan, Osaka aspires to leave a very good impression among the delegates and leaders from various participating countries.

 

The 2019 G20 Osaka Summit will be held on June 28 to 29, 2019 at the International Exhibition Center of Osaka. In view of the said monumental occasion, the local government of Osaka anticipates possible areas of concern such as traffic congestion, cleanliness, safety and crowd control. To ensure public safety, the government seeks to impose heavy security restrictions with more than thirty two thousand police officers and local officials deployed on the streets.

 


To minimize traffic jams, the local government also urges Osaka residents to refrain from unnecessarily going out without a reason and using private cars during the summit. Classes and student activities in around seven hundred Osaka municipal and prefectural schools will also be suspended during the summit period. Meanwhile, some of the small shops situated in the security areas have also expressed their intent to voluntarily close down their businesses in the course of the two-day event.

 

According to Osaka police chief Takahisa Ishida, “One of the advantages of Osaka is that we can convey to the world that it’s a really safe city.”

 

References:

Osaka braces for unprecedented security measures ahead of G20 summit

2019 G20 Osaka summit

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