New security methods introduced in Tokyo Marathon

Following the terrorist bombings on Boston Marathon in April 2013 that killed three people and injured about 150 others, the organizer of the Tokyo event began to strengthen security measures from the 2014 race.

Major Japanese security service firm Secom Co. offered its face authentication system for Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon.

The system takes photos of competitors’ faces and their numbers at the entrance gate, and checks them against photos registered in advance. It was used for about 900 runners, or 2.5 pct of all competitors.

New security methods, including a facial recognition system and drones, were employed in this year’s Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. (Jiji Press)

Police in Tokyo’s Taito Ward said Sunday that a 41-year-old woman was found strangled to death at her apartment on Saturday night. (Japan Today)

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, pulling ahead of Kenya’s Dickson Chumba inside the final two kilometers to claim his first major marathon win. (Japan Today)

A 19-year-old woman died after being stabbed on a street in Fukuoka on Saturday night, police said Sunday. Police identified the victim as Hikaru Kitagawa, a prep school student, Fuji TV reported. She was stabbed in the neck and face, police said. (Japan Today)

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned Sunday of a possible small eruption at Mt Io, which straddles the southwestern prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima, after observing an increase in volcanic earthquakes. (Japan Today)

Japan will sign an accord with the Philippines to allow Tokyo to supply military equipment to Manila, the first such Japanese defense pact in a region where both have expressed alarm over China’s island-building and other aggressive acts in disputed waters. (Japan Times)

Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, was released from a Manhattan hospital Saturday afternoon after being treated overnight for the flu, according to her son and hospital officials. (

Japan’s Environment Ministry plans to set up a new national park in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa, the country’s southernmost prefecture, it was learned Saturday. (Jiji Press)

Top finance officials of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies agreed at their two-day talks in Shanghai through Saturday that they “will use all policy tools,” including fiscal measures, to achieve the world economic growth and stabilize global financial markets. (Jiji Press)

Railway fans have snapped up tickets for Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train on its first day of operation. (NHK)

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