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 ...

Mar 25, 2014

Japan's ruling bloc approves new rules on arms exports

The ruling parties approved new guidelines on arms exports Tuesday, setting the stage for the first major overhaul in nearly 50 years of the country’s arms embargo policy. The Cabinet is expected to approve the guidelines next week, while concerns remain that Japan’s status ...

Yachi to lead security secretariat

Jan 7, 2014

Yachi to lead security secretariat

The government on Tuesday launched the secretariat of its U.S.-style National Security Council, with former Vice Foreign Minister Shotaro Yachi picked to lead the new body. The secretariat will support the council’s core conference to be attended by the prime, foreign and defense ministers ...

Dec 3, 2013

Abe tells ministers to stand united on security policy

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday instructed his Cabinet ministers to take a united approach to security challenges, a day before the launch of the U.S.-style National Security Council. With its primary focus on diplomacy and defense, the council will likely discuss defense agenda ...

Sep 10, 2013

Ex-U.S. official in Okinawa tapped for NSC

The White House will name Raymond Green, former U.S. consul general in Okinawa Prefecture, as the next director for Japan affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, sources said. Green is currently director of the economic policy office at the U.S. Department of State’s ...