Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s special adviser, Yosuke Isozaki, will be visiting the United States and United Kingdom to have discussions with members of their national security councils. This is part of Japan’s plans to create their own similar council which would allow the administration to have a stronger grasp on national security issues.
He will be leaving on Monday for the five-day trip wherein Isozaki said that he will be looking into the differences in operating an NSC in the context of a presidential system like in the US or in a parliamentary system like with the UK. Earlier this year, Abe and his administration approved the proposed legislation to set up the NSC in order to strengthen Japan’s foreign policy and centralize the information gathering process when it comes to external threats to the country. They are planning to pass the bill during the extraordinary Diet session this fall and is looking at the end of the year to start setting up the council.
The urgency of setting up the NSC is for the administration to be able to create a long-term security policy under the changing security environment of East Asia, possibly referring to the still-looming threat of North Korea‘s nuclear tests and China‘s flexing of its military might. The plan crafted by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has a security council framework that will require the the prime minister, chief cabinet secretary, foreign and defense ministers to have regular meetings to discuss security issues, foreign and defense policies and eventually create the security policy. The council will also call on relevant ministers to respond to emergency situations and they would need to provide timely information so that the NSC will be able to take a commanding role in the decision-making process.
[ via Global Post ]
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