Police increase patrols at Haneda airport ahead of Abe state funeral


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is the funeral at the airport? Japan makes absolutely no sense sometimes....

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ramp up the fear-factor boys, get the people cowering....

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All totally unnecessary, ex Prime Minister Abe is not deserving of a "state funded" party political send off. The majority of Japanese agree with me.

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I can't help but feel that using segways is unnecessary.

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Why, they worried someone might try and assassinate him?

Or some weird foreigner might come in to protest his funeral? Carrying a banner thru customes?

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Haha yeah as others mentioned about the perp was a Japanese dude. As if some gaijin is gonna get involved and cause some kind of commotion! And anyway gaijin can't even get into Japan. Wt

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Why, Harris security is probably,better than the Prime Minister

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It's a little late to crank up the security

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Surely the patrols should be increased near the funeral venue in Tokyo?

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Nothing scares me except for the pup.

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What a joke !

Hardly no tourists, and no one cares about Abe who was a former PM, not the incumbent PM.

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All for show of course.

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Maybe if they'd had a bit more security when Abe was alive and giving his speech, he wouldn't be in need of any kind of funeral. Reactive rather than proactive as often seems to be the case.

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OK, here we go;

and not just at the airport; around Tokyo too; advice: better start carrying your zairyu cards with you, folks. (Don’t worry) They (the J-police) like to pretend they’re competent and intimidating but they’re puppies that just wanna look good in front of the cameras.

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All for show of course.

This. Yep. All for show. And using obsolete segways (so early 2000s). What image is this supposed to project ? One of being technically with it? Might as well pull out the fax machines

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Accompanied by two dogs, around 60 officers, some carrying metal detectors, inspected trash cans, lockers and unattended carts at the airport's Terminal 3, which is expected to be used by foreign delegations attending the Sept 27 event in Tokyo.

Err...That's like literally 2 weeks ahead...? Guess it's a rehearsal more than anything else...?


The Japanese government expects more than 190 foreign delegations to visit Japan to attend the ceremony at the Nippon Budokan hall.

...As of last week and before the Queen died, there was news that half of those 190 countries had yet to answer back and confirm attendance...

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Was this accounted for in the 1.6 billion yen budget announcement?

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brings to mind the 'escaped zebras' and nets in Ueno Park....

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The police look so cool and totally deserving of taxpayer expense patrolling the airport self-service check in machines with German Shepherds and new police labelled Segways.

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Pure J-cosplay theater, to justify police budgets, impress gullible first-time foreign visitors, and stifle criticism of a totally unecessary egregiously expensive public event by scaring the population and shifting the blame onto that nebulous concept known as 'terrorism'.

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Really serious stuff

Accompanied by two dogs

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Why is the dog, sniffing around the machines at the DEPARTURE check ins?

Aren’t they supposed to be around humans, sniffing their baggage, at the arrivals gates, coming in to the country?

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Oh the irony.

Bump up police security because they failed to protect Abe in the first place, which was the cause of this funeral.

I wonder if the Japanese government and police force understands this concept?

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Is this gonna take place, non stop for two weeks?

will they move closer each day?

today inside the airport, tomorrow outside?

the next day on the limousine buses to the city?

is this the most these cops have worked in the last 5 years?

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So that's why the security costs for the funeral are so expensive. The fleet of segways.

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You've heard of "too little too late".... this is "too much too late".

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Wow look at all those tourists cramming to get into the Nth Korea tours…

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Wrong terminal… Japan has only suffered terrorist attacks from other Japanese, and Abe’s murderer was also Japanese.

Should be doing this to ever Shinkansen, bus and expressway vehicle in and out of the Tokyo metropolitan region if they seriously think a terroirs attack may happen.

But they don’t… use this as an excuse to keep blocking foreign tourists etc, at the tax payers expense.

Does the guy on a Segway know it can’t go as fast as a person sprinting? So what good is it?

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Perhaps the Japanese police have wind of something and they are showing a threat of force to circumvent it. There are times win the police have to do a job without telling those unless they have a "NEED TO KNOW" and if you don't have the clearances to know "CERTAIN THINGS" those in control will not tell you because people will PANIC.

Police increase patrols at Haneda airport ahead of Abe state funeral

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Yes! Let's do this. Hire even more cops, more security and why stop at 1.6 billion yen? Let's take it to 2 billions coz Why not?

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Your tax money at work inspecting an empty terminal with with a whole squad.

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Japanese police officer riding a Segway: Stop!

Mythical terrorist: Oh, no! It’s a cop on a Segway. Let’s walk a bit faster!”

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Last time I checked the terrorist that killed Abe is a local.

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So Abe gets killed because of his ties to the Unification Church, which opens a can of worms for political figures in Japan. And they send the police to an airport to keep a look out for terrorists? The church caused all this, send them there.

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True. At SFO they use mountain bikes so at least the officers get a light workout.

I can't help but feel that using segways is unnecessary.

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Keystone cops at work....move along...

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In Japan, foreign = danger.

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Local police force, K-9 unit and 2-wheeled robocop descend on Haneda after tourist escapes guided tour.

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The last most recent attack in Tokyo was by Aum (all Japanese) then in the seventies an attack on the Mitsubishi company (by left wing Japanese)

The Japanese translator of the Satanic Verses was no doubt murdered by an Islamist in all probability.

These events are in the main confined to Japanese perpetrators and are historically far apart and unconnected.

It is said that Japan is at risk of Islamic terror due to it being an ally of the USA.


Japan has no standing army involved abroad, engaged in battle, thus there seems to be little reason to fear any attack.

It is extremely difficult to reconcile the massive concentration of police for Abe’s funeral.

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yes it seems ridiculous but believe it or not, there aren't many international flights into haneda these days (some cold going around...) 99% of flights are domestic and so I'm not sure but I think the percived threat is from internal sources and not your anime doll collectors from afar.

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Well it's good practice i guess as contingency planning and training in Japan has been painfully obviously completely ineffective no matter what type of disaster or terrorism that has happened- no insult intended !

Lets see how truly competent the security force is during the actual funeral and other locations.

Recognizing the fact that over 50% of the Japanese population are opposed to the funeral for Abe it's safe to say they are completely outnumbered if the Japanese people rioted.

Iam not expecting a riot

However iam expecting a demonstration opposition protest to happen to not only the funeral but also against the LDP government and the Korean Unification church.

There may be so many people out protesting with signs that the police and security force will not be able to effectively secure a safe environment at the funeral.

It's well known that the police and security forces tend to panic themselves and dither too slowly in a situation - no insult intended !

Even tho the article says it's the responsibility of Japan to provide adequate security i believe those foreign dignitaries will arrive with their own security forces.

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A Los of electrical service or internet or a cyber attack or a disaster could really be a major distraction that allows an act of terrorism to occur during or before the funeral event.

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the killer was Japanese... just sayin'

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