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TMPD to reorganize foreign affairs divisions to handle China and North Korea affairs separately

An additional foreign affairs divisions will be created in the Public Security Bureau of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD), the Sankei Shimbun learned on Oct. 9 from sources connected with the TMPD. Currently, there are three foreign affairs divisions, and this will be increased to four. The Public Security Bureau is in charge of cracking down on the terrorist and espionage activities of Russia, China, North Korea, and other countries, and it will establish a new division specialized in North Korea. This is the first time that the foreign affairs divisions have been reorganized in 19 years.

 

Currently, there are three foreign affairs divisions: The First Foreign Affairs Division investigates Russia and other countries, the Second Division handles Chinese and North Korean affairs, and the Third Division addresses terrorism cases that affect Japanese nationals abroad.

 

According to the sources, the Second Division will be divided into two, the second and the third divisions. The new Second Foreign Affairs Division will handle China while the new Third Division will investigate matters related to North Korea. Overseas terrorism will be handled by the new Fourth Foreign Affairs Division.

 

With the reorganization, one division will be dedicated to handling only Chinese matters and another to looking into North Korean matters exclusively. The reorganization is expected to result in enhanced intelligence gathering capabilities.

 

The new organizational structure will go into effect next April, the sources said. The TMPD is coordinating with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other agencies involved in the expansion of the foreign affairs divisions’ staffing, including budget and the allocation of personnel.

 

“China and North Korea pose more and more of a threat. Through the reorganization, we will create a system appropriate for today’s context,” said the sources.

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