Japanese policewomen say they're prepared to die to protect world leaders at this month's western economic summit in Tokyo.
Japanese policewomen say they're prepared to die to protect world leaders at this month's western economic summit in Tokyo. Policewomen have been specially trained to guard the only woman leader at the summit, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
SYNOPSIS: These are Mrs Thatcher's bodyguards. Twenty of Tokyo's best policewomen have been undergoing special training to provide an added degree of security for the British Prime Minister.
These officers will combine with twenty thousand other people to mount a twenty-four hour guard on summit headquarters, politicians and advisors.
Police fear that left-wing and right-wing radicals might disturb the summit or try and harm one of the Heads of government and Cabinet Ministers attending the meeting... on June 28th and 29th.
At the state guest house eight hundred officers staged a demonstration of their skills earlier this month. It was attended by the Metropolitan Police Chief, Fumihiko Kunishima. He told the men and women to be, "the last fortresses to secure the safety of world leaders".
An assistant police Inspector Emiko Edasawa says she's ready to die in the line of duty.
All the officers are experts in aikado,a martial art similar to karate and most will carry weapons.
The Heads of State of France, West Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, well as Japanese leaders and the head of the European Economic Community will be surrounded by police during every stage of their visit to Tokyo.
In this demonstration a policeman plays the part of a national leader entering the Akasaka Palace, now called the state guest house and the venue of the summit.