Police Step Up Rugby World Cup Security as Practice for Olympics

Sports Society

Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--With one month to go until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, police are beefing up crowd control and antiterrorism measures also as practice for next year's Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Police departments in the 12 prefectures slated to host Rugby World Cup games will team up with the tournament's organizing committee to step up security near the venues.

Of these, Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department and the Kanagawa and Hokkaido police will be on especially high alert, as the venues there will also be used for Olympic events such as soccer matches.

The MPD will dispatch staff to the World Cup's organizing committee, just as it will for the Olympics, to take part in devising the security plans for Tokyo Stadium, the venue for the tournament opener.

The Tokyo police will also set up an around-the-clock response center during the tournament to deal with cyberattacks, which were observed in past Olympics.

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