BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Japan's newly established National Security Council is meeting for the first time on Wednesday, with the country’s prime minister, chief cabinet secretary, and foreign and defense ministers.
Japan’s Kyodo News says the first council meeting will discuss issues such as the National Security Strategy, the to-be-published National Defense Program Outline, as well as the Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea. The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reports the council is to set up hotlines with the US and UK to boost security cooperation. And is also considering doing the same with France, Germany and Russia.
The Diet passed the bill to set up the US-style National Security Council just a week ago. The 60-member government branch is to coordinate ministries and government agencies involved in the country’s foreign and defense affairs. Its headquarters is installed within the Cabinet Secretariat.
Japan's lower house OKs bill to set up NSC
TOKYO, Nov.7 (Xinhua)-- The House of Representatives of Japan on Thursday passed a bill for the establishment of a U.S.-style National Security Council (NSC) in the country, local media reported.
The bill will be sent to the House of Councilors for approval, with the government seeking its passage before the current extraordinary Diet session ends on Dec. 6. Full story