On the morning of April 15 when Prime Minister Kishida Fumio was about to make a speech, an explosive device was thrown at the venue. Police arrested a 24-year-old suspect on the spot on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business. The explosive appears to have been a homemade bomb. Following the attack in which former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo died last year, there has been another incident targeting a high-ranking politician. With the G7 summit just around the corner, we will thoroughly examine how the protection of dignitaries should be handled.
Itabashi Isao (Head of the research center, Council for Public Policy)