National security official visits Seoul


A senior national security official has been visiting South Korea to explain Tokyo’s defense policies, including the Abe administration’s recent decision to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, South Korean government sources said Monday.

During his three-day informal visit, set to end Tuesday, Takehiro Funakoshi, a senior official in the secretariat of the National Security Council, was expected to hold talks with officials at the South Korean presidential office and Foreign and Defense ministries, according to the sources.

Funakoshi, who was a minister at the embassy in Seoul until last September, also visited South Korea in May for defense policy talks with senior government officials.