(Sankei: December 6, 2015 – p. 27)
Kazushige Izumi, a retired Ground Self-Defense Force lieutenant general, was asked by a Russian intelligence officer to provide information on a joint command post exercise between the U.S. Army and the GSDF, sources familiar to investigations revealed on December 5.
Police sent papers to prosecutors on the former GSDF official for allegedly handing over GSDF internal documents to Sergey Kovalev, a former military attaché at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo.
Russia is said to have a keen interest in the joint command post exercise that Japan and the U.S. conduct on a regular basis to ensure their alliance. The Public Security Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Department suspects that the Russian military attaché, who belonged to a Russian military intelligence apparatus, approached Izumi to gain access to confidential information.
According to investigative sources, Kovalev asked for information on the organization of the U.S. military. Izumi, who led the GSDF’s Eastern Arm in 2008, turned down the request. (Abridged)