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Japan’s intelligence operations

  • May 19, 2018
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Saturday’s “NHK Special” reported on Japan’s intelligence activities, which have been veiled in secrecy. The program said NHK obtained top secret files from the National Security Agency (NSA), including the so-called Japan files, which reveal Japan’s intelligence activities. The program said Japan’s intelligence agency called the Directorate for Signals Intelligence (DFS) under the Defense Department frequently appears in the files, saying that although it has been active for more than 50 years since the end of the WWII, it is veiled in secrecy. According to the program, the DFS has six facilities across the nation that intercept signals from military facilities, airplanes, and ships of neighboring nations around the clock. The program said although all of the intelligence collected by Japan is handed over to the U.S., the U.S. only provides limited intelligence to Japan. The program also said the Cabinet Intelligence Research Office (CIRO) also appears frequently in the files. The program said that according to the files, Japan was involved in intelligence-gathering operations on the Al Qaeda spring offensive, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Crosshair program, which the U.S. military has not disclosed. An academic pointed out that more discussions will be required if intelligence provided by Japan leads to a war to determine whether its provision violated the Japanese Constitution, which prohibits the use of force.

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