SEOUL: As many as 18,000 police personnel will be deployed in Tokyo next week for meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida by the leaders of the United States, India, and Australia. Officials said Friday that police have dramatically increased security around the presidential office compound in the central Seoul neighbourhood of Yongsan, as well as other areas, ahead of the meeting,
The Metropolitan Expressway will be closed for three days beginning Sunday when US President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with Kishida on Monday and a "Quad" meeting the following day, which will include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leader of the party that wins Australia's general election this weekend.
Because the Metropolitan Police Department anticipates a volatile international climate as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, they will send riot police and a security team to respond to drones, according to a department official.
Tokyo police will also beef up security measures against attacks on "soft targets," such as the leaders' lodgings, Tokyo Station, and Haneda Airport in the capital, which are normally less secure than government or military sites but might draw a huge crowd.
The leaders are likely to discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine, among other concerns, at the Quad meeting on Tuesday.