Security Tightened In Osaka Ahead Of G20 Summit

Security tightened in Osaka ahead of G20 summit

Railway operators in western Japan have stepped up security at train stations ahead of the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osaka.

Coin-operated lockers and trash cans were shut down at major stations in Osaka Prefecture on Monday -- four days before the start of the meeting.

The measures will remain in place until Saturday.

West Japan Railway has suspended access to lockers and anything left inside them until then.

At Osaka Station, some people were apparently at a loss about what to do with their luggage.

A man from Toyama Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast says he knew the G20 summit will take place in Osaka, but not about the lockers being closed.

He says carrying his suitcase around is annoying, but that he has no choice.

The railway operators are asking passengers to cooperate by taking their garbage home while station trash cans are unavailable.