Takeshi Noda, superintendent general of the Metropolitan Police Department, instructed his staff Friday to take full security precautions for the World Cup soccer finals that are to be jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea this year.

In a speech at an annual new year drill in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, Noda said: “Tense situations have continued after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. We must make all-out efforts to ensure security for the World Cup.”

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