• Kyodo


Japan decided Friday to move forward the launch of a government unit to collect intelligence on international terrorism as part of a push to strengthen the nation’s anti-terrorism capabilities.

The launch on Tuesday of the Counterterrorism Unit-Japan was moved up from April in the wake of the deadly Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The decision was made during a meeting on measures to fight international terrorism and organized crime.

The unit will be set up within the Foreign Ministry.

The government is looking to improve its anti-terrorism capabilities in the run-up to hosting a Group of Seven summit next year, according to officials.

The Ise-Shima summit, slated for May 26 to 27 in Mie Prefecture, will bring together the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

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