The Tokyo metropolitan police department will mobilize 800 officers and erect metal barriers to restrict pedestrian access to the popular Shibuya scramble crossing before, during and after Japan's World Cup opening match against Cote d'Ivoire on Sunday morning.
The game will be televised live in Japan from 10 a.m.
In the past, whenever Japan has played an international match in Japan, thousands of fans have gathered in Shibuya to watch the game in sports bars. After the game, the over-excited crowds spill out onto the street, blocking traffic. Police said that after recent games, rowdy fans have also caused damage to shops and restaurants.
Last year, after Japan played a crucial World Cup qualifier against Australia in Saitama, police limited pedestrian access to the scramble crossing. Police employed the same security measures on New Year's Eve.
On Sunday, customers at shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as workers, will be escorted by police to and from Shibuya Station via special routes.© Japan Today