Tokyo airport authorities were launched to a mad scramble on Tuesday to change the airport’s security pass codes after it was discovered that an airline employee misplaced a document that contained all the security code details, this just a day before U.S. President Barack Obama arrived for his first official state visit to Japan. Security in the Japanese capital was also increased dramatically, as over 16,000 police officers were deployed in readiness for the first visit by a U.S. president in nearly two decades.
According to the official statement from Japan’s Transport Ministry, an employee of Skymark Airlines at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport lost a printed copy of a document that contained all the security codes on Sunday afternoon. The document was later found at the departure lobby around 30 minutes after the document was discovered lost. Just to be sure, the ministry put out an instruction that all security pass codes were to be changed, just to avoid any danger of a security breach.
In the capital, there has been a noticeable heightening of police presence on the streets. According to Japanese media, an additional 30% more of Tokyo’s police force has been deployed into service during Obama’s two-day visit, beginning on Wednesday. Thousands of security cameras have also been deployed and are now in operation. Luggage lockers and rubbish bins in stations around the city have also been sealed for security. Obama is going to be holding summit meetings with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on various political and regional matters, including an issue regarding Japan’s negotiations with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact that has been held up because of Tokyo stonewalling on the tariff requirements on certain agricultural products.