- 15 Mar 2002
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Ewok85 said:Ok, I hadn't seen the picture, you're probably right.
Though I remember seeing Japanese police somewhere that had riot sheilds and helmets... might have been the guys who keep watch at Ueno or at a koban somewhere. Was a little unsettling.
No, those guys are in the 窶ｹ@窶慊ｮ窶佚? (kidoutai), which is a special unit sent out to add a beefed-up boost to the cops already assigned to that area. The koban are staffed by the local ﾅ遅ﾅｽ@ﾂ渉 (keisatsusho) while the kidoutai operates directly under the ﾅ遅ﾅｽ窶ｹ窶卍｡ (keishichou). At least such is the case in Tokyo, which is the only place that has a ﾅ遅ﾅｽ窶ｹ窶卍｡, I believe. Prefectural 窶ｹ@窶慊ｮ窶佚? operate directly under the ﾅ陳ｧﾅ遅 (kenkei) of the respective prefectures.
In cases where a very heavy 窶ｹ@窶慊ｮ窶佚? presence is deemed necessary, it isn't unusual for busloads of riot police to come to Tokyo from other prefectures to augment the Tokyo squad. I've seen buses from as far away as Fukui in Tokyo during times like visits from U.S. presidents or other heads of state.