Japan’s Diet OKs bill to launch National Security Council

Japan on Wednesday voted to create a National Security Council, much like the one in the US. The Diet committee approved a bill to set up the new framework for gathering information and speeding up decision-making in diplomacy and defense.

With the backing of the House of Representatives’ Special Committee on National Security, the lower house will likely pass the bill on Thursday, increasing the likelihood it will be enacted before the current extraordinary Diet session ends on Dec. 6th.

If established, the NSC will empower the prime minister’s office to take the lead in crafting foreign and defense policy by gathering information from various ministries and agencies.


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