Air Transport Security
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Air Transport Security

Issues, Challenges and National Policies

Edited by Joseph S. Szyliowicz and Luca Zamparini

The growing number of terrorist attacks throughout the world continues to turn the interest of scholars and governments towards security issues. As part of the Comparative Perspectives on Transportation Security series, this book provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the security challenges confronting air transportation. The first part encompasses the industry’s characteristics and the policy, economic and regulatory issues shaping the security environment. The second provides a comparative analysis of security policies and practices in several key countries.
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Chapter 13: Air transport security in Japan

Toki Udagawa Hirakawa


Chapter 13 considers air transport security in Japan. The chapter begins with detailed descriptions of three aviation security related episodes that have involved Japan air lines both domestically and at foreign airports/routes. These were useful to raise awareness of the importance of the issue of aviation security and the need for new measures. Though these changes enhanced the level of security, the chapter continues by highlighting and describing the main problems that still need to be dealt with in order to further strengthen the Japanese aviation security system. These are related to voluntary security checks, to the imposition of expenses to private airlines, to the overall organizational structure of the aviation security system and to the balance between security and service. The chapter concludes by noting the importance of aviation security for the successful development of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo.

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