Japan to set up anti-terrorism unit for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Dec 4, Tokyo: Japan has announced that it will launch an anti-terrorism intelligence unit next week as the country gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, local media report said.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Friday that the special unit will be set up within the Foreign Ministry. The launch of International Counterterrorism Intelligence Collection Unit comes four months ahead of its initially planned April launch because of the deadly attacks in Paris.
The unit is expected to include officials from the foreign and defense ministries, as well as National Police Agency and the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office. About 20 people will be assigned to the unit for the time being, while the Foreign Ministry will assign special staff to its embassies.
The Japanese government set up an anti-terrorism panel to discuss ways to boost public safety and intelligence after two Japanese nationals were kidnapped and killed by Islamic State extremists earlier this year.
Until then Japan seldom has been a target of such attacks, but there are increased concerns about getting embroiled in international conflicts as
Japan, a top U.S. ally, seeks to play a greater military role in international security under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan is also pushing to bolster its anti-terrorism intelligence capabilities ahead of a Group of Seven summit next year that will be held in western Japan
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