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Tokyo police hold counterterror drills at rural dam

The Metropolitan Police Department conducts counterterrorism training at the Ogochi Dam in the town of Okutama, Tokyo, on April 19, 2018. (Mainichi)

OKUTAMA, Tokyo -- The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) held a counterterrorism drill at a dam on the Tama River here on April 19, in preparation for possible emergencies during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

    The drill simulated an attempted bombing at the Ogochi Dam, with officers overpowering three "terrorists." About 60 people participated in the exercise, including members of the dam management office, the anti-firearms squad of the MPD's riot police unit, the MPD aviation wing, and officers from the local Ome Police Station.

    "I would like the members to improve their skills and awareness on a regular basis through training together with local residents," commented Tadashi Shingai, head of the MPD's ninth district headquarters. He also emphasized the importance of counterterrorism training not only in heavily populated urban areas but also for infrastructure in suburban locales.

    (Japanese original by Yasushi Kumagai, City News Department)

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