Osaka goes all out to se­cure G20 meet

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Xing Xiao­jing in Osaka Page Edi­tor: Dengx­i­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

Ahead of the 14th G20 sum­mit, sched­uled in Osaka, Ja­pan from Thurs­day to Satur­day, Global Times re­porters dis­cov­ered on Wed­nes­day that the city was on full alert to en­sure com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity for the coun­try’s largest-ever con­fer­ence.

A to­tal of 37 coun­tries and re­gions as well as in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tutes will at­tend this year’s G20 sum­mit, dur­ing which some 30,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing over­seas me­dia staff, will visit the city, mak­ing it the largest sum­mit ever hosted on Ja­panese soil.

Al­low­ing for no se­cu­rity er­ror, about 18,000 po­lice in Osaka have been placed on ac­tive ser­vice, to­gether with more than 12,000 po­lice of­fi­cers from other places in Ja­pan. With a po­lice force of more than 30,000, it is also Ja­pan’s largest po­lice de­ploy­ment for a sin­gle in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence.

At the sta­tion clos­est to the venue, INTEX Osaka, which has been cor­doned off, re­porters saw sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers and plain­clothes on duty. One of the of­fi­cers told the Global Times that the sta­tion will sus­pend ser­vice start­ing Thurs­day.

Osaka po­lice said traf­fic re­stric­tions will be im­posed in the city dur­ing the sum­mit, which will af­fect road traf­fic, the JR Osaka sta­tion and nine ar­eas near the main ho­tels. Some sta­tions will stop ser­vice, and the use of trash cans and tem­po­rary lock­ers in spe­cific ar­eas have been sus­pended.

Since the venue is in the bay area, the amount of per­son­nel and pa­trol ships has been dou­bled. Mean­while, the use of drones will be re­stricted near Kan­sai In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the venue.

The se­cu­rity mea­sures are ex­pected to lead to traf­fic con­ges­tions. Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe called on Osaka res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate as much as pos­si­ble, and no­tices call­ing for public co­op­er­a­tion were vis­i­ble on ven­dors and lock­ers at sta­tions.

Se­cu­rity mea­sures have in­con­ve­nienced res­i­dents in the area. How­ever, it would be good for Ja­pan and the world if some con­tro­ver­sial is­sues can be solved, a lo­cal res­i­dent said on Tues­day.

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