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Japan rejects report saying Tokyo unprepared for terror attack

Japan’s government rejected a report in which a leading French terror investigator said Tokyo could be vulnerable to an attack by al-Qaida, saying Friday that the country stood at the vanguard of counter-terrorism measures. “Japan experienced a terrible terrorist attack already in 1995 on the Tokyo subway system, so in that sense I can say that Japan has been at the forefront to help prevent those attacks,” said Tomohiko Taniguchi, deputy press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On March 20, 1995, five members of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo released sarin nerve gas on Tokyo subway trains, killing 12 people and sickening thousands of others. Taniguchi said that attack provided a valuable lesson to many governments, including that of the United States, in how to prevent similar attacks in the future. Full Story

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