On Oct. 13, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held his first National Security Council meeting to discuss reviewing the national security strategy, which he mentioned in his policy speech at the Diet, Japan’s parliament, on Oct. 8.

The focus of the revised strategy, which is slated to be approved by the Cabinet in late 2022, is how economic security will be positioned in the new security strategy.

The national security strategy was announced in Japan for the first time in December 2013 during then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration, and Kishida — then-foreign minister — was deeply involved in putting it together.