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  • 2015-06-26 15:00:00
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 JIP & security legislation

 [Shukan Bunshun, 7/2/2015 issue, p. 39]


o “The Japan Innovation Party is not trustworthy for consultations on the security legislation.” (Isao Iijima, formerly a political secretary of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, currently a special advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet, referring in his regular “Gekikara Intelligence” column to Jiro Ono, formerly a National Police Agency bureaucrat and now a House of Councillors member belonging to the JIP, who railed against the government in a recent meeting of the House of Councillors Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee over tasking the Maritime Self-Defense Force with minesweeping in the strait of Hormuz)


 SAT’s top-secret training

 [Shukan Bunshun, 7/2/2015 issue, pp. 42-43]


o “Japan is to host the G7 summit next year, so they carried out a top-secret ‘athletic meet’ there.” (a city news reporter for a major daily, referring to the police’s antiterror training conducted somewhere in Kanto for their Special Assault Team troops assigned across the nation)


o “All SAT squads, currently based at eight locations across the nation, gathered at a police-related facility in the mountains in the Kanto area. There were more than 2,000 in all.” (the foregoing city news reporter)


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