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26,000 Police Officers to Guard Emperor's Parade

26,000 Police Officers to Guard Emperor's Parade

   Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)--Japanese police plan to deploy as many as 26,000 officers to guard a parade to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement in central Tokyo on Sunday.
   The "Shukuga-Onretsu-no-Gi" parade is scheduled to leave the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward at 3 p.m. Sunday (6 a.m. GMT). A convertible carrying Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel some 4.6 kilometers to the Akasaka Imperial Residence in Minato Ward in a 30-minute ride.
   "We need to prepare for possible roadside and airborne attacks. It's going to be a tough task," said a senior official of Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department.
   Spectator booths will be set up along the route of the parade, with 40 checkpoints to inspect baggage carried by those who enter the booths.
   Police officers will be deployed at intervals of several meters along the road. Large police vehicles and antiterror fences will be placed in the vicinity of the route to prevent vehicles from ramming the parade.

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