Counterterrorism Drill Held At Haneda Airport

Counterterrorism drill held at Haneda airport

A counterterrorism drill with an emphasis on providing guidance in foreign languages has been held at Tokyo's Haneda airport in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.

The drill was held on Wednesday at two railway stations that directly service the airport's international passenger terminal. About 250 people, including railway officials and police officers, took part.

The drill was based on the scenario of explosive devices being planted at each of the stations. At the station on the Tokyo Monorail line, staff urged people to evacuate in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

Others used placards written in those languages to show people the evacuation route.

Airport officials expect a boost in the number of non-Japanese passengers in the run-up to the 2020 games.

The Japanese government plans to increase the number of international flights by 70% from the current level.

A Tokyo Monorail official said the railway needs to fully brace itself for possible terrorist attacks at a time when air traffic is expanding. He added that practice is needed to coordinate action promptly and appropriately.