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Special anti-terror squad to guard Haneda Airport


The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department will station a special anti-terror security unit at Tokyo International Airport in Haneda.

From April 3, the unit will be deployed to guard the airport's international terminal.

The move comes in response to the increasing number of international flights coming in and out of Haneda Airport, which, it is feared, will make it vulnerable to terrorist groups targeting international airports, officials said, TBS reported Saturday.

The department also announced that it intends to strengthen its partnership with the Haneda airport operator in order to preclude security threats and deal with possible terrorist attacks.

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What's the difference between a "Special Unit" and a "Specialist Unit"? Or is this another one of those put-an-IST-behind-something Japanese things?

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unless there is credible information from US or unknown sources about terror threat to Haneda, just increase in international fligths doesn't warrant deployment of Special Unit.. Anyway, it's good since Special Units are also on govt payroll.

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are you serious? japan isn't necessarily a hot spot for terrorist activity.

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Yeah another group of police officers to stare at foreigners as they come in or leave the country. Will this be new officers coming in or will they train officers already at the airport?

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Will they be armed?

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I disagree with you Al Stewart. Japan has a history in the past few decades of very nasty terrorist attacks and abductions,, all caused by either the North Korean government or Japanese citizens. It is therefore appropriate to ban flights to and from North Korea (already done) and to have special officers monitoring the movements of Japanese citizens (now being done, it seems?). Since, except for a small minority of North Koreans, foreign residents and visitors are not involved in terrorist activities in Japan, I guess we can assume that this special unit will not need to harass foreigners at the airport?

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And this is in response to what perceived threat?

Guard the airport from ?

More questions than answers in this article....

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The only terrorism I've heard of targeting Japanese people was committed by Japanese people. No reason they shouldn't be prepared, to be sure, but perhaps they ought to increase security measures everywhere if they're truly worried about terrorism?

They should also stop trying to make Haneda into Asia's hub -- Incheon already is.

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Hey better to be safe than sorry! The last time I used Haneda I made the mistake of taking my pet bottle, ice tea?? with me to board the plane, but was forced to have inspected then after that inspection I had to throw it away! Later I found out that some terrorists pretend to have drinks but can actually be explosives, so ok, I was out 100 yen?? But I would much rather have this security than having some evil terrorists blow us out of the sky like with Pan Am over Scotland.

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Funny! My husband has always blamed the way Japan is today on the U.S. Before WW2 there was no such thing as "secrecy" in here. Neighbors, people on the street, everyone would talk to each other even if they didn't knew each other. Now its all about "privacy". Now people (mostly young) don't talk or open to the next person. Then we had that crap about suppose "terrorism" that is making japanese airports a living hell for the ordinary foreign resident travel and visit the family overseas. The so called "war on terrorism" is a joke. Next thing, they'll bring those NUDESCANNERS here and start a new perversion brought you by the U.S.

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Exaggeration a little... thanks to the US... Photos and biometric scanning came from there monkey see monkey do..

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And who will manage to guard the "Gaijin Gulag", the extorsion-expert KBs? (eyes rolling)

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More gaijin = more ¥¥¥¥

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Probably no threat at all and just Japan doing something, anything, to try to make itself feel important again. As someone above has said (and has been said in the past), all the terror Japan has ever known has been homegrown.

What a waste of money/time for all concerned, which reminds me...

Near where I live there's a riot training ground for the police; what riot? I think what with all the political nonsense we have seen over the past couple of years, and the Fukushima debacle, it's safe to say that the Japanese with their "Shouganai" to everything will never riot in this day and age. Before, long ago, yes, but not now; they've demonstrated their apathy remarkably clearly.

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frankly i dont think any international teror will attack japan. waste of money

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In 1994, Ramzi Yousef, one of the conspirators in the 1993 WTC bombings, planted a bomb onboard a Philippine Airlines flight going to Tokyo. The bomb exploded killing one Japanese passenger, thankfully the skill of the the pilots got the airplane down on the ground in Okinawa.

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Anti terrorist unit at a major international Airport in the world? I'm surprised people find this surprising news.

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Are they not bothering with "guarding" the domestic terminal then? Do they think that these imaginary terrorists won't have the wits to stay on the train another stop and blow up the domestic terminal? It seems to me that their real purpose is to harass non-Japanese.

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Good idea--better than not having one, which is exactly what terrorists want. I wonder if they already have these units at Narita, since it has way more international flights.

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Narita Airport has always had higher levels of security and police ever since its construction. That's why it's surrounded by security gates, and police riot watch towers.

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We can joke about terrorism but truth is terrorism aint't no joke!!

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From April 3, the unit will be deployed to guard the airport’s international terminal.

Let's just hope and pray they're not armed... Give them some big black boots, fancy sticks, and a few ticket books for writing bicycle infraction tickets, but what-ever you do, don't give them any real guns or ammunition.

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are you serious? japan isn't necessarily a hot spot for terrorist activity.

The Taliban and Al Quaeda have both expressed interests in waging Jihad on Japan as they have other nations. It would be naive to think that Japan is immune to terrorist threat, given its ties to America and other nations.

The current standard of security at Haneda is below par, but still has one of the most visual presences of security I've seen. Just my opinion.

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Badge, Narita had high levels of security to protect it from domestic left/right wingers. Give it a few months and this anti-terror squad will be whiling away the day standing on a box, trying desperately not to fall of it in boredom.

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I have seen these anti-terror squads on TV news before. They are the elite police squad who run into business building in single file all carrying cardboard boxes right?

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I'm always glad we have intelligent contributiors like Frachesca to point out truth to those of us who are more ignorant or less perspicacious. Until she brought up the subject, I had never fully appreciated that the whole terrorism thing is totally foreign and that if Japan were just left alone we would not have to consider the problem at all. No doubt the nefarious foreigners are even now hatching plans to release nerve gas on subway trains or to machine gun check-in lines at airports.

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Lockerbie was not a barometric bomb the aircraft broke up in flight owing to a dodgey airframe parts from the U.S.S.R as there was no loud bang of a bomb on the cockpit voice recorder the bomb went off a split second after the aircraft broke apart at sec 41 just like Air India,TWA. United 801 the cargo door opened and ripped the side off with passenger in there seats just like a bomb because a aircraft is a pressure vesel and the vesle is breeched the air in the aircraft will rush out at 600mph/1000k a second i agree with the goverment as long there is a aircraft in the air never let your guard down 24h aday 366 days a year remember 9.11 that's what happens when you are slack around a airport

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I woudn't mind additional auromated security systems, and more guards to look out for trouble.

Several years ago, I just came back from another middle east project setup. Right after the final customs check, I was approached by an immigration police officer, and has interviewed me as to where I went, what I did there, how long I was there, and how often I went overseas. Even after looking at my passport and ARC, he asked about the nature of the company I was working for. I just gave him the company's name and telephone number, and politely told him that I am having jet lag, and that I would like to get home to rest.

As I said, I don't mind additional security ... but on-the-spot interviews taking about 10-15 minutes (instead of getting a relaxing puff of smoke after 12 hours) is just a nuisance, just get the passenger's contact details, and ask him/her when it would be appropriate for an interview!

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Well at least this article is in the right section "crime". The taxpayers are getting robbed again.

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