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Tokyo police hold antiterrorism drills for Bush visit.

TOKYO, Feb. 6 Kyodo

Tokyo police conducted antiterrorism drills Wednesday in Tokyo's Koto Ward in preparation for a three-day visit by U.S. President George W. Bush starting Feb. 17, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said.

About 510 riot police officers and explosives and chemical weapons experts as well as five police dogs joined in six drills on hypothetical scenarios of terrorist attacks using explosive and biochemical weapons, the department said.

The hourlong exercise included a scenario in which police dogs detect terrorists carrying explosives in their shoes so as to bomb an airport lobby. Another involved riot police bring under control right-wing protesters throwing firebombs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

''The danger of international terrorists attacking (Japan) remains very likely, that's why I order you to take caution,'' Yasutaka Wada, head of the MPD's security bureau, told the participants.
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