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Japan Rolls Out Sleek, All-Female Police Squad to Protect Ivanka


Female police officers block a “fan” holding a present during training in Tokyo on Nov. 1 ahead of Ivanka Trump’s visit to Japan. (Rei Kishitsu)

YOHEI KOBAYAKAWA reports: A squad of female police have smartened themselves up to guard U.S. presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, who arrives in Tokyo on Nov. 2.

Gone is the bulky body armor used when facing rioters or dangerous criminals, to be replaced by smart black suits.

It is the first time that Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department has formed a female-only security team.


Ivanka, a popular fashion icon, will have dozens of female officers, mostly riot police members, watching over her as the police expect many female admirers to gather to catch a glimpse of her.

“We opted for a more cultivated look to suit the occasion,” an officer in charge of the security plan said.

But looks don’t always tell the true story: These ladies don’t drop their guard.

A woman holding a gift or a bouquet of flowers jumps out of a crowd to hand them to a female “VIP” who is walking past in the Imperial Palace Outer Gardens in central Tokyo … (read more)

via The Asahi Shimbun

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