Police conduct drone-capturing drill ahead of Tokyo Marathon
Japan Times -- Jan 18
Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, including the seizure of a suspicious drone by using an interceptor drone, ahead of the Tokyo Marathon next month.

The drill was conducted Sunday in a parking lot at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center in Koto Ward, which will be used as the finish area for the Feb. 28 marathon.

The interceptor, introduced by the Metropolitan Police Department last month, is about 1 meter in diameter and is equipped with a net measuring about 3 meters long and 2 meters wide to capture suspicious drones.

It is operated by a special unit of the riot squad.

The Tokyo police currently have only one interceptor but plan to add another 10 by next month. The first was introduced following the discovery of a suspicious small drone on the rooftop of the building housing the prime minister’s office last April.

来月の東京マラソンを前に、警視庁がテロ対策の訓練をした。ゴール地点の東京ビッグサ­イト。刃物と爆弾を持った男が侵入した想定で、機動隊員と警備犬が男を取り押さえた。­さらに、東京湾から不審なドローンが飛んできた想定の訓練も行われた。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
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