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Japan to reinforce counter-terrorism unit
The Japanese government plans to reinforce its counter-terrorism unit within the Foreign Ministry to prepare for upcoming international events in the country.
Japan is set to host the G20 summit and the Rugby World Cup next year, as well as the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
The government is planning to strengthen the structure of the intelligence unit that monitors international terrorism amid increasing concerns over terrorist and cyber attacks.
The unit, which was set up 3 years ago, currently consists of about 90 members from the Foreign and Defense ministries, the National Police Agency and other government bodies.
The members, who are dispatched to 17 diplomatic missions abroad, are exchanging information with the local security and intelligence agencies.
Japanese officials say the unit's efforts led to the recent release of journalist Jumpei Yasuda who had been held by militants in Syria.