Security Tightened in Osaka ahead of G-20 Summit

Society

Osaka, June 27 (Jiji Press)--Security is tightened in Osaka ahead of a two-day Group of 20 summit in the western Japan city from Friday, with the Osaka prefectural police closing several sections of the Hanshin Expressway from Thursday morning.

About 32,000 police officers are being deployed to streets and other places in the city, creating a tense atmosphere.

With welcome events and many bilateral meetings set for Thursday, 10 Hanshin Expressway sections with total length of 160 kilometers were closed at 6 a.m. (9 p.m. Wednesday GMT). On the day, the closure is expected to last until around 10 p.m.

The sections subject to the traffic ban, which will continue until Sunday, are usually used by about 450,000 vehicles a day. As the partial expressway closure is likely to cause serious congestion on local roads, the police are calling on people to refrain from using their private cars.

Meanwhile, the police will inspect all vehicles entering Sakishima, an artificial island in Osaka Bay, where the G-20 summit will be held. The island is home to about 24,000 people and 300 businesses, as well as serves as a logistics center.

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