Railway line to be suspended during G-7 summit in Japan

Kyodo

Security measures for the upcoming Group of Seven summit in Mie Prefecture will include the suspension of trains on a railway line near the venue.

Kintetsu Inc. will suspend services on the Kintetsu Shima Line between Kashikojima Station and Ugata Station, both in the city of Shima, about a week before the G-7 Ise-Shima summit kicks off, government sources said Tuesday.

The summit is scheduled for May 26 and 27.

The government sources said local residents, organizers and participants in the summit will be able to enter the area using buses that will be brought in for the event.

Organizers decided to restrict traffic in the area because Kashikojima Station is only 300 meters from the Shima Kanko Hotel, the summit’s main venue. The hotel is also where G-7 leaders will stay.

Similar security measures were taken during the Group of Eight summit in Toyako, Hokkaido, in 2008 and the Kyushu-Okinawa G-8 summit in 2000.

In a separate move, Aichi Prefecture said Monday it will prepare an ordinance to ban drone flights near Chubu Centrair International Airport from May 16 to May 28.