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Int'l transport security confab to open in Tokyo+
[January 11, 2006]

Int'l transport security confab to open in Tokyo+

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)TOKYO, Jan. 12_(Kyodo) _ (EDS: CONFERENCE SET TO OPEN AT 9:30 A.M.)

Ministers and senior officials in charge of transportation from 14 countries will hold a two-day meeting in Tokyo from Thursday to discuss ways to stem terror attacks on public transport systems such as railways, ships and aircraft on the initiative of Japan.

At the outset of the Ministerial Conference on International Transport Security, Japanese Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kazuo Kitagawa will make a speech.

The conference is aimed primarily at taking the initiative in forestalling terror attacks following such attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States and the terrorist bombings on London's transport network in July 2005.

As host of the conference, Japan hopes the outcome of the two-day meeting will be incorporated into discussions at the Group of Eight summit to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in July.

On the final day, participants are scheduled to adopt a joint declaration that is expected to boost cooperation to ensure security in the pirate-infested Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest sea lanes, that separates Indonesia's Sumatra Island and peninsular Malaysia.

The 14 participating countries consist of the G-8 industrialized nations -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States -- plus China, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

In addition, representatives from the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Customs Organization, will take part.

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