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Tokyo Marathon organizers step up security after Islamic State targets Japanese

  • In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, police dogs bite the arm of a police officer during an anti-terrorism drill for the upcoming Tokyo Marathon, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police headquarters in Tokyo. Organizers of the Feb. 22 marathon have promised increased security following the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, police dogs bite the arm of a police officer during an anti-terrorism drill for the upcoming Tokyo Marathon, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police headquarters in Tokyo. Organizers of the Feb. 22 marathon have promised increased security following the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, a police officer displays the uniform of "Running Police" for the upcoming Tokyo Marathon at Tokyo Metropolitan Police headquarters in Tokyo.  About 30,000 runners are expected to take part in the Feb. 22 race through the streets of Tokyo. Police, with wearable camera on their face, will be among those runners as part of new security measures. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, a police officer displays the uniform of "Running Police" for the upcoming Tokyo Marathon at Tokyo Metropolitan Police headquarters in Tokyo. About 30,000 runners are expected to take part in the Feb. 22 race through the streets of Tokyo. Police, with wearable camera on their face, will be among those runners as part of new security measures. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

Organizers of this Sunday's Tokyo Marathon have promised increased security following the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group.

"We have held anti-terrorism drills and have worked closely with the police agency so we are confident of delivering a safe race," said race president Koji Sakurai.

About 30,000 runners are expected to take part in the race through the streets of Tokyo. Police will be among those runners as part of new security measures.

Islamist militants threatened Japanese people everywhere after the slaying of two Japanese hostages last month.

The Tokyo race is one the World Marathon Majors along with Boston, Chicago, London, Berlin and New York.

The Boston Marathon in 2013 was the target of a terrorist attack that killed three people.