If you think only men can dominate the world of riots and security force, think again. A policewoman has just been designated to head a riot unit in Tokyo by the Metropolitan Police Department. 46 year old Mayumi Miyazaki is determined to do her job well, considering her baptism of fire will be during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the city this week.
While Miyazaki, who is very hard-working and frank, does not have previous experience in being with the riot police, her tenure in the security bureau has given her the opportunity to provide protection and guard members of the Imperial family for four and a half years. Her initiative was also seen when she would visit companies to seek better communication between the private and public sector to counter terrorist attacks. Miyazaki was also previously part of the traffic bureau and was with a police motorcycle unit for a period of time after passing a strict selection process.
Her new role as the deputy head for the fifth riot police unit in the city is no piece of cake. Riot police are in charge of crowd control and providing security during demonstrations, rallies, disaster relief and even bomb disposal, requiring physical force and oftentimes putting themselves at risk. But Miyzaki is committed to excel and does not mind the pressure that comes with the job. She sees its as an opportunity to make the public more aware of what they do, saying “I want to make use of my experience to gain better public understanding of our activities while continuing the traditions (of the riot police).” Her appointment is seen by many as part of the MPD’s commitment to put more women in civil service in higher-level positions, as indicated by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal to promote gender equality in the nation.
[via Jiji Press]
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