May 8, 2014

Minutes of NSC meetings to be kept under wraps, document says

Japan has decided not to disclose the minutes of the new National Security Council’s meetings from December to March to avoid compromising Japan’s intelligence gathering capabilities and national security, a document obtained Thursday said. The government decided on May 1 not to make the ...

Dec 17, 2013

Japan adopts new security strategy to counter assertive China

Japan on Tuesday adopted a new national security strategy, pledging to beef up defenses against an increasingly assertive China to protect its territory, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to boost Tokyo’s standing as a contributor to global peace and security. In the national ...

Dec 1, 2013

NSC council has dangerous flaws

The Upper House has enacted a law that establishes a Japanese version of the U.S. National Security Council. But there's no guarantee the NSC will contribute to the government's making rational security and diplomatic decisions.

Nov 8, 2013

NSC and secrecy bills pose dangers

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy of "proactive pacifism" must be stopped before it destroys the Constitution's war-renouncing principle and Japan's traditional defense-only posture.

Talks on body to deal with security begin

Oct 25, 2013

Talks on body to deal with security begin

by Ayako Mie

The Diet started deliberations Friday on a bill to establish a Japanese version of the U.S. National Security Council, an entity designed to enhance the government’s ability to deal with national security and manage crises. The council, slated to be launched in January if ...

Jul 31, 2013

Japan eyes creation of U.S.-style NSC by year's end

The government plans to set up an institution similar to the U.S. National Security Council as early as year’s end to strengthen the leadership of the prime minister’s office in crafting long-term security policy for the changing security environment in East Asia, government sources ...