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Special DutyA History of the Japanese Intelligence Community$
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Richard J. Samuels

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501741586

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501741586.001.0001

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Reengineering the Intelligence Community (2013–)

Reengineering the Intelligence Community (2013–)

(p.204) Chapter 6 Reengineering the Intelligence Community (2013–)
Special Duty

Richard J. Samuels

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the most recent and ambitious reengineering of the Japanese intelligence community. A revised Japanese intelligence reform started with the 2013 passage of a Designated State Secrets Law (DSSL) and creation of the National Security Council (NSC). Intelligence communities everywhere are in constant motion, and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Policy Research Council had already drafted even more ambitious plans by late 2015. But the scope and scale of the 2013 reforms suggest that political leaders anticipated new security challenges by addressing many of Japan's most difficult endemic intelligence problems. This chapter also analyzes how Japan might resolve the inherent tension between enhancing alliance management and reducing the dependence on the United States.

Keywords:   Japanese intelligence community, intelligence reform, Designated State Secrets Law, National Security Council, Liberal Democratic Party, United States

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