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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Olympics to bring sniffer dogs to bullet train stations

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Explosive-sniffing dogs were tested at Tokyo Station last year as two of Japan's railway operators began stepping toward luggage inspections ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Olympics, almost exactly six months away, are motivating two railway operators to carry out luggage inspections of passengers boarding Japan's famed bullet trains for the first time, sources say.

East Japan Railway and Central Japan Railway, commonly known as JR East and JR Tokai, will employ explosive-sniffing dogs to check the bags of passengers in line for tickets, waiting to go through the wickets and at other points in shinkansen stations.

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