Naicho

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Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office

内閣情報調査室
Naikaku Jōhō Chōsashitsu
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Japan
Employees 170–175
Agency executive Shinichi Uematsu
Parent agency Cabinet Secretariat

Naichō (内調?), an abbreviation for Naikaku Jōhō Chōsashitsu (内閣情報調査室?, Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office),[1] is the premier intelligence agency of Japan, reporting directly to the Prime Minister. The agency is said to be an equal to the American Central Intelligence Agency.[2] However, it is often criticized as being rather ineffectual, spending most of its energy translating foreign publications rather than gathering any substantial intelligence[3] while being accused of spying on Japanese nationals on domestic soil.[3]

Role[edit]

Most of the information obtained by Naicho is based from news agencies and intelligence supplied to them by friendly nations.[2]

Organization[edit]

The total staff of Naicho is around 170[4] to 175, with 120 on loan from other agencies and ministries.[2] In addition, most of the personnel are from the Japanese National Police Agency.[2]

There is a proposal being called on to reorganize the agency in order for it to be on equal with the CIA, with the integration of officials from the Foreign Ministry, the National Police Agency, Defense Agency as well as private sector.[5]

Spy scandal[edit]

On January 17, 2008, an official of Naichō was charged for spying for Russians, passing them classified information. The Russians denied the claim.[6] Since then, there had been calls for greater accountability on Naicho.[7]

Known heads of Naicho[edit]

  • Yoshio Omori[8]
  • Kazuhiro Sugita (Jan. 2001–Apr. 2001)[9]
  • Toshinori Kanemoto (Apr. 2001–Apr. 2006)[10]
  • Hideshi Mitani (Apr. 2006–Apr. 2010)[11]
  • Shinichi Uematsu (Apr. 2010–)[12]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Names of Government Organizations and Positions". Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d Andrew Oros. "Japan's Growing Intelligence Capabilities". International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Cabinet Research Office". Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Current State of Intelligence and Intelligence Issues in Japan". The National Institute for Defense Studies News, May 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Japanese ruling party suggests creating CIA of Japanese version". People's Daily. 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  6. ^ "A Japanese Faces Spy Charges". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 2008-01-17. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Japan's Cabinet urges tighter controls amid Russian spy scandal". Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  8. ^ Hiroko Nakata (2007-01-11). "Creating new security system fraught with obstacles". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  9. ^ "内閣危機管理監" (in Japanese). Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  10. ^ "内閣情報官" (in Japanese). Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  11. ^ "内閣情報官" (in Japanese). Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  12. ^ "内閣情報官" (in Japanese). Cabinet Secretariat. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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