Japan to beef up anti-terrorism measures


Japan’s government is working to draw up a set of comprehensive anti-terrorism measures following the deaths of 7 Japanese nationals in a hostage incident in Dhaka last weekend.

The measures are expected to be adopted next week at a meeting of a government task force led by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Officials say the plans include strengthening the structure of the Foreign Ministry’s intelligence unit that monitors international terrorism. Stricter border controls are also envisaged, including installing body scanners at major airports across the country that can detect suspicious objects within a few seconds.

The 7 slain Japanese and one wounded compatriot were all in Bangladesh as consultants for a project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA.

JICA and the Foreign Ministry will set up a new council to study ways to ensure the safety of Japanese engaged in aid projects abroad. Officials plan to come up with specific steps by the end of August.

In addition, the governments of Japan and other Group of Seven member countries will work on measures to stem money flows to terrorists and share information, especially in Asia. The efforts are in line with an action program the G7 leaders adopted at the Ise-Shima summit in Japan in May.

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