Under the initiative of the Prime Minister’s Office, the government is moving to establish a national security council that will formulate Japan’s diplomatic and security strategies. On the basis of a Feb. 27 report submitted by an expert panel, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hoping to inaugurate the council in April 2008, after the current Diet session enacts a package of related bills.

The report said the NSC should be established to “create a system for formulating diplomatic and national security policies from comprehensive and strategic viewpoints.”

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