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Attack in Wakayama raises alarm about VIP security weeks before G7 summit

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By Eimi Yamamitsu, Mayu Sakoda and Tom Bateman

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Then just cancel it. A talk fest that could be done over phone.

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"There is no doubt that it was a security failure because the prime minister was giving his speech at the worst possible place where he couldn't possibly be protected,"

I'm not sure I agree totally with this^^. More security means police state, and that leads to all kinds of unwelcomed outcomes, eg suppressed democracy, dictators using force against citizens etc.

Japan has a sneeky Pete problem, except sneeky Petes are getting ever more brazenly terrorising. The laws need to be changed so that sneeky Petes are charged with serious charges (harassment, stalking, terrorism, even treason if carried out to abuse democratic processes). Deterrence is the key, not ever tightening of freedom, whilst sneeky Petes roam free-er than law-abiding citizens.

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Nothing to do with G7 security. Just Japanese people are sick and tired of our country being grinded to the ground by a one party democracy.

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When politicians overpromise and underdeliver it's bound to happen again and again. I'm not saying what happened is a good thing but maybe the politicians should be more careful of what they say and if the things they promise have a chance of execution. Their implementations have an impact on real people's lives so if they don't deliver on their promises they upset some people and some nutshells might opt for an attack on their life to show their frustrations

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There is a lot more to Japan than just cherry blossoms and sushi. Kishida was very lucky it was only a smoke bomb thrown at him. Abe was not so lucky. There are many people with serious emotional issues who begrudge the government and its policies. It’s high time Japan woke up and started to acknowledge there are many dangers within the society and they need to take drastic steps to ensure the safety politicians and visiting diplomats. There is a local election coming up and those ridiculously noisy buses with blaring speakers and white gloves hands waving about will be driving around to annoy everyone. Let’s hope they don’t become the target of sone disgruntled loon.

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When politicians overpromise and underdeliver it's bound to happen again and again

Not sure what you're getting at here, I'm pretty sure these sneeky Petes have a personal grievance, not a democratic one.

IMHO, Japan is the best place in the world to live right now. 1st class infrastructures, low cost of living, high standard of healthcare and education and reasonable social mobility. No other country have these all together. Did I forget low inflation?

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Japan has way too many law enforcement officers and seems to get very few benefits from this vast army. Furthermore, the government has continually increased police budgets year after year to police a declining and elderly population, even as the LDP preaches "fiscal consolidation."

At civic demonstration last weekend over road construction in a Tokyo suburb, there were more cops on the street than demonstrators, and more cops sitting in several big buses parked a couple of blocks away -- waiting for nothing.

For the Setagaya murders, nearly 300,000 officers were assigned to the case. Crazy. The strategy is to throw hordes of uniformed bodies at a security problem. It doesn't work so well against a kid with a homemade pipe bomb.

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I agree it'a security failure. A singe man alone wearing mask mingling with the crowd getting close to the PM carrying a knapsack where no one else appears to have a knapsack. You wouldn't get past airport security like this. They had SP close to the PM, but no one watching the crowd over all for anything/anyone unusual?

And J-politicians need to get mandatory training with the SP so that the next time a smoking metal object goes clunk on the ground next to them, they don't just stand there looking at it going "gee..what's that?" Seconds count in these situations.

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No other country have these all together.

You are familiar with all of them, Sh1mon? You sound either Japanese or American to make such a blanket statement.

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I'm pretty sure the security planning was coordinated with the PM's office, so it starts at the top doesn't it Mr. PM?

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Love the choice of photo of the chubby guy on the right having a wee standing snooze. Two guys on the left holding mini toy light sabres and the short bossman in the middle with his deadly looking golf club. Not exactly a force to be reckoned with.

No doubt by choice. Picture tells a thousand words! Unfortunately the real tough guys are all working in the underworld, or as junior high school PE teachers! Hehe

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The incident exposes vulnerabilities in Japan's security system and a failure to institute changes following the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an election campaign last year, four experts interviewed by Reuters said.

Hardly surprising, even if even now people claim things are perfectly fine and that there was no problem with the security of the prime minister it has become obvious this is not the case, even without the qualified opinion of experts saying there is a huge failure to make security adequate, the fact that this was allowed to happen should be proof enough that security is not even close to being sufficient.

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What happened to the efficient Japan thing?

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Then just cancel it. A talk fest that could be done over phone.

Exactly! Beat me to it!

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Am I the only person confused by why we don't have a motive yet? It's been 3 days, the man has been in custody. Where are some answers? Why are these cases so secretive for so long?

Clearly reasons are something the government doesn't want to release.

This isn't going to stop. Police/security has become so relaxed that they will be too slow to keep up with increasing crime due to price/tax increases and wages becoming progressively worse. Staying in government by force is never a good thing.

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Very surprising that Japan was not able to prevent the latest incident as those familiar with Japan understand how quickly Japan can make changes when it wants and needs to.

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Clearly reasons are something the government doesn't want to release.

Exactly. That's what I'm thinking. And my guess is he has either grievances with the Moonies too, or he is one of them. Or a right wing member of a group affiliated with the LDP, or a member of the SDF or former police officer..

something very embarrassing to the LDP

This isn't going to stop.

I agree.

Police/security has become so relaxed that they will be too slow to keep up with increasing crime due to price/tax increases and wages becoming progressively worse.

I'm guessing people have started to wake up to the truth that Japan is not a democracy, elections are predetermined, and that the situation is hopeless due to the ineptitude of the LDP. More people feel cornered with no way out, and so I agree that more attacks like this will occur.

Staying in government by force is never a good thing.

True, but then again, Japan has never known another way.

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Japan has way too many law enforcement officers and seems to get very few benefits from this vast army.

I heard (although I never confirmed) that its the Highest per capita in the world,

Furthermore, the government has continually increased police budgets year after year to police a declining and elderly population, even as the LDP preaches "fiscal consolidation."

Exactly. And how about when the LDP members dine out that they do it on THEIR DIME not ours?? They of all people can afford it.

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Isao Itabashi, chief analyst at the Council for Public Policy Chief, said public appearances by top politicians should be indoors, with bag checks and metal detectors in place.

This. All politicians should rent spaces for their rallies. Then they can use metal detectors, bag checks, etc. It would have the extra added benefit of eliminating noise pollution. Why those people in speaker cars aren't arrested for disturbing the peace is beyond me.

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This incident makes a great opportunity to increase drastically security measures. What is next, facial recognition with myNumber card ?

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Coming back into Japan there are several banners and posters telling us about how there is ever increasing vigilance against terrorism

Suddenly, I feel nervous

Surprisingly though, the targets seem to be those with influence and apart from the Sarin attacks I can’t recall the Japanese population at large being targeted.

Now I see the reality, I realize there is no need for my nervousness

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Very surprising that Japan was not able to prevent the latest incident as those familiar with Japan understand how quickly Japan can make changes when it wants and needs to.

The opposite would be true. Japan has a well described difficulty with change, so failing to adapt to an urgent matter such as security for political figures falls squarely in the same pattern. Today's article about the topinc in the context of the G7 meeting is a good read about how this problem makes adapting difficult.

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BofingtonToday  08:30 am JST

Am I the only person confused by why we don't have a motive yet? It's been 3 days, the man has been in custody. Where are some answers? Why are these cases so secretive for so long?

Clearly reasons are something the government doesn't want to release.

In Japan the accused has the right to remain silent. I think you are jumping to conspiracy conclusions too soon.

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This. All politicians should rent spaces for their rallies. Then they can use metal detectors, bag checks, etc. It would have the extra added benefit of eliminating noise pollution. Why those people in speaker cars aren't arrested for disturbing the peace is beyond me.

This!!!!

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You are familiar with all of them, Sh1mon? You sound either Japanese or American to make such a blanket statement.

Yes, But happy to look at stats you put up otherwise.

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just cancel that summit and use ZOOM its much better cheaper and result will be exactly the same...none

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Attack in Wakayama raises alarm about VIP security 

really? because judging from the pic, they are doing the exact same thing as usual.

bunch up a group of security close together and doing the same thing.

not spreading out their men, no second or third waves, most likely no snipers or undercovers, no strategy at all.

they better hope and pray nothing goes wrong during the G7, if they screw up, it won't just be Japan.

but honestly Japanese people wouldn't attack foreign dignitaries. they don't pay attention to any world news outside of Japan. They wouldn't know a foreign leader if they were standing in front of them.

oh, but they sure as hell know who Kishida and Aso are. They know who's screwing them on a daily basis.

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but honestly Japanese people wouldn't attack foreign dignitaries. they don't pay attention to any world news outside of Japan. They wouldn't know a foreign leader if they were standing in front of them.

oh, but they sure as hell know who Kishida and Aso are. They know who's screwing them on a daily basis.

exactly! Well said!

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These people aren't worth any special protection. If they want to hold these gabfests in person, why not on an island or a ship, either of which is easy to secure?

Nah, they treat us with utter contempt, and seem to enjoy disrupting our lives out of some undeserved sense of importance.

They should pay for their own security if they think they need it, and stop leeching off honest taxpayers.

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Need guards in full armor and rifles.

Imagine how ineffective these guards would be against a chemical or biological attack !

It's pathetic

Tanks. They need tanks. And lots of helicopters. Or maybe a PMmobile, like the Popemobile.

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Japan was quick to change their security protocols after the Abe shooting. G7 is nothing to worry about because each country brings its own security.

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Spent some time in the service and without going into too much detail when certain visitors from a foreign country came to Japan, we would climb into and examine all the elevator shafts and other places in the hotels where they stayed.

No country depends entirely on the host country for security.

Everyone who lands at an international airport in Japan is being videoed by non-Japanese security teams. And information is shared between and among the countries.

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I think you may find on the motivation question that the suspect's main driver is not some sort of political grievance with Kishida personally, nor right-wing or Monnies anything. ( if only it were true, sorry guys )

It'll be a simple copycat attention grab inspired by the last one. The lack of a stated motive being made public after three days suggests this to me. The less attention they give this guy the better, otherwise it'll just 'inspire the next', and not in a Panasonic sort of way! If they were smart they wouldn't even publish his name nor give him his five minutes of fame.

This time some fishermen showed the country what people should do in an instant when faced with some idiot loner trying to get famous. Jump him and slap him. Fisherman 1 - Attention seeking shadow child 0

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Japan was quick to change their security protocols after the Abe shooting.

Changing is not synonymous with making them adequate, which is the problem. If the experts consulted in this article say this is a motive to worry then nameless people on the internet saying this is not the case are not exactly a reassuring thing.

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Based on the video I watched, the whole thing seemed to me like some kind of rehearsal before the start of the summit. But I did not understand why the suspect was being carried from one corner to another and that five people could barely move the man.

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So you accept Japan made changes to its security.. Wasn't hard to do was it? And, well, no one in the article say this is a motive to worry so a nameless person who tries desparately to refute logic at every turn is not an expert anyone pays attention to.

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So you accept Japan made changes to its security.

Making changes is not difficult, letting people be even closer to the figures to be protected would be a change.

What is not being done is improving the safety to the point of making it adequate, that is something the experts of the article clearly claim.

And, well, no one in the article say this is a motive to worry so a nameless person who tries desparately to refute logic at every turn is not an expert anyone pays attention to.

Even the title does, because that is what "raises alarm" means, do you have any argument to say the experts in the article are wrong?

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What is not being done is improving the safety to the point of making it adequate, that is something the experts of the article clearly claim.

Not according to the article.

*The National Police Agency*** had approved the security plan for the weekend rally in Wakayama, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Monday.**

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Not according to the article.

Approval from the National Police Agency did not make the security adequate, if that was true then a criminal would not have been able to throw a bomb to less than one meter from the prime minister.

The results clearly prove the measures were not even close to adequate to ensure the safety of the event, that the NPA approved plans that did not even included a bag check is precisely why the experts are worried about the measures being completely insufficient.

The article explicitly says this is what the experts concluded from the incident.

The incident exposes vulnerabilities in Japan's security system and a failure to institute changes following the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an election campaign last year, four experts interviewed by Reuters said.

On what authority do you claim the experts are wrong?

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The NPA made security changes since Abe was shot. That is a fact. And they are the authority. Unlike the experts you named---none.

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Hurry! Remove all the trash cans and recycling bins.

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Plenty of small uninhabited islands around the globe to lockdown and hold the Gcirclejerk7 meetings. They could even go swimming instead of gobbling down on high end steak n lobster. This is ridiculous.

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The NPA made security changes since Abe was shot. That is a fact. And they are the authority.

The NPA did not made the claim the changes are adequate that is your claim, and it is easily refuted by the incident happening, something that would not be possible even with basic measures like bag checks.

Unlike the experts you named---none.

The opinion of the experts come from the article, are you now claiming the article is false and they are not experts? and this because according to you the people that let a criminal throw a bomb to the prime minister know better? that is not logical.

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Everyone who lands at an international airport in Japan is being videoed by non-Japanese security teams. And information is shared between and among the countries.

Really?

Where and when?

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For those above who have not been following unfolding events closely, it was not a 'smoke bomb' (see last two paragraphs of article above), and possible solid motive was discussed at length in a recent JT article here.

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For motive, jump to Crime JT.

"Kishida attack suspect failed to qualify as candidate for upper house election" - Japan Today

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