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Security beefed up ahead of G20 summit in Japan

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OSAKA, June 26, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Tourists visit a commercial area of Osaka, Japan, June 25, 2019. The 14th Group of 20 (G20) summit will take place on June 28-29 in Osaka. The city of Osaka is located by the Osaka Bay in the southwest of Honshu, the main island of Japan. As the capital city of Osaka Prefecture, it is an industrial and commercial center as well as a major transportation hub in the Kansai region. With a population of 2.72 million and an area of 225 square kilometers, Osaka makes up one of Japan's largest metropolitan areas together with the neighbouring cities including Kyoto and Kobe. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang/IANS) by Wang Jingqiang.
Tourists visit a commercial area of Osaka, Japan.

Tight security measures were being enforced in the Japanese city of Osaka ahead of the G20 summit during which tens of thousands of policemen are expected to be deployed…reports Asian Lite News

OSAKA, June 26, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on June 25, 2019 shows a cityscape of Osaka, Japan. The 14th Group of 20 (G20) summit will take place on June 28-29 in Osaka. The city of Osaka is located by the Osaka Bay in the southwest of Honshu, the main island of Japan. As the capital city of Osaka Prefecture, it is an industrial and commercial center as well as a major transportation hub in the Kansai region. With a population of 2.72 million and an area of 225 square kilometers, Osaka makes up one of Japan's largest metropolitan areas together with the neighbouring cities including Kyoto and Kobe. (Xinhua/Li Gang/IANS) by Li Gang.
A cityscape of Osaka, Japan. The 14th Group of 20 (G20) summit will take place on June 28-29 in Osaka.

The summit on Friday and Saturday will be held at a convention centre located on an island in Osaka Bay, although several leaders such as US President Donald Trump will stay in hotels in other parts of the city.

Never in its history has Osaka – Japan’s second most populated city with 19 million inhabitants, after Tokyo – been subject to stricter security measures.

Two days ahead of the gathering, the waterfront area surrounding the convention centre was barricaded by the police, with only accredited people being permitted to enter.

Businesses near the centre were shut and access to a nearby metro station will also be closed off during this period.

According to official data, around 32,000 officers will be in charge of security.

Notices put up inside the metro in Osaka recommended against people using private vehicles during this period to limit movement outdoors and to use public transport only as necessary.

Local media have reported people flocking to supermarkets to stock up on supplies ahead of the summit.

Hundreds of schools will remain closed on Thursday and Friday and several streets will be closed due to the movement of dignitaries.

The authorities had earlier announced that garbage dumps will be sealed in many parts of the city and public lockers, widely used by the Japanese – especially in metro stations, will not be available.