Drones banned around G7 summit venues

Mie Prefecture in central Japan has banned the flight of drones around the venues of the upcoming Group of Seven summit. An ordinance adopted by the prefectural assembly took effect on Monday. It bans the flying of unmanned aerial vehicles over Kashiko Island in Shima City, where the summit will take place, as well as…

Large-scale anti-terrorism drills held in Tokyo

     Tokyo police have conducted large-scale drills to prepare for possible coordinated terrorist attacks in Tokyo in the run-up to the Ise-Shima Group of Seven Summit in May.      About 360 people including police officers and private citizens took part on Monday. The drills simulated attacks at a railway station and a busy…

Tokyo police getting ready for Olympics

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. A newly released online PR video is dramatizing their counter-terrorism and anti-crime readiness. The video was uploaded onto YouTube, and cost about 180,000 dollars to produce. One episode shows a special assault team raiding a terrorist hideout and overpowering terrorists.…

Opposition Supporters Tear-Gassed as Congo Polls Close

Riot police in the Republic of Congo fired tear gas at opposition supporters after polls for the country’s presidential election closed Sunday. Dozens of heavily armed police chased away people gathered outside polling stations in the capital, Brazzaville, as the vote count began in elections expected to see longtime leader Denis Sassou Nguesso extend his…