Security Minister Ben Wallace has chaired a UK-Japan discussion group with Prime Minister Theresa May and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to highlight how the UK mitigates the most serious security threats posed to it and also share experiences of the successful hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as other major events.
The discussion session formed part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to London to meet Prime Minister May and came as Japan prepares to host the Rugby World Cup this year, followed by the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
UK experts from across Government and the Emergency Services, including Ciaran Martin (CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre) and Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick attended the meeting at Twickenham Stadium and duly highlighted their views on overseeing safety and security at major events, as well as keeping the country safe.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “The UK and Japan collaborate regularly on a number of different areas and security is undoubtedly one of the most important. This discussion was another demonstration of the strong spirit of co-operation that exists between our two countries. I hope that, by sharing our experiences of hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have in some way aided Prime Minister Abe and his team as they put the finishing touches to what I’m sure will be a series of outstanding sporting events.”
The UK will continue to collaborate with Japan as the latter finalises preparations for this year’s Rugby World Cup and next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The discussion and debate also included comment from Graham Ellis (assistant commissioner of the London Fire Brigade), Tracy Porter (the London Ambulance Service’s head of resilience and special operations) and Paul Oldfield, director for the Commonwealth Games at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.