Security tightened at Tokyo's Haneda Airport ahead of Abe's state funeral

Police officers and other officials have stepped up security at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in the run-up to the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo later this month.

Many foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral set for September 27 at Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo. Abe was shot and killed on July 8 while giving an election campaign speech.

On Tuesday, about 60 personnel, including police and airport officials, conducted a joint patrol of the airport.

Police with sniffer dogs searched lockers and trash bins at the international terminal for suspicious items, such as possible explosives.

They also passed out handbills to passengers asking for their cooperation in preventing terrorism.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department plans to further strengthen security at the airport, as well as at major train stations and elsewhere in the capital ahead of the funeral.

A senior police officer said ensuring the security of many foreign dignitaries is a very important mission, and that Tokyo police will do all they can to complete the mission in cooperation with related business operators.