In Japan, the authorities are very serious and methodical in making security of any kind as tight and efficient as possible.
In Japan, the authorities are very serious and methodical in making security of any kind as tight and efficient as possible. That's why the Security Police Unit attacked to Tokyo's Metropolitan Police board have begun special training to cope with the political summit there later this year.
SYNOPSIS: During the summit, this Japanese unit will supplement the visiting security personnel protecting the leaders who will be in Tokyo from the United States West Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada. Tokyo's SP unit will be boosted from its normal two hundred to as many as twelve hundred persons.
This training session was taking place on the roof of the Unit's headquarters in Kasumigaseki, near the capital's Diet, or parliament, building. In a country where the material arts are widely practised, unarmed combat plays an important role in protection. But these men are armed, and know how to use their firearms.
This training is a simulated situation, with one policeman playing the role of the head of state under SP care. Half a dozen agents play their regular roles, while some colleagues from the crowd, and others act as potential assassins or demonstrators.
The agents must be on constant alert to seize and disarm the ersatz assassins, and block molesters from reaching their quarry. While Tokyo's SP Unit men wear plainclothes, they have red ties and badges that allow the public to recognise them - a contrast to other security forces, which prefer its members to be as unrecognisable as possible. Public co-operation with the Unit is said to be strong.