Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau

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Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau

警視庁公安部
Keishichō-kōanbu
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Japan
Headquarters Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Employees 2,000 officers
Minister responsible Eisuke Mori, Japanese Minister of Justice
Parent agency Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau (警視庁公安部 Keishichō-kōanbu?) is a bureau of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department in charge of public security with jurisdiction over Tokyo metropolis. It has a force of more than 2,000 officers.

In the Japanese police organization, only the Metropolitan Police Department becomes "the bureau" where the security police branch becomes independent. In other prefectural police forces, the Public Security Section and Foreign Affairs Division are installed in a Security Department. Tokyo is seen as an exception since it had been working with the Japanese National Police Agency for the longest time since they share the same location.[1]

The PSB is not a Japanese version of Federal Bureau of Investigation, despite some claims that it is.[2] It does not concern with ordinary criminal activities. It main focus is activities which threaten national security and therefore, the purpose is much similar to MI5. However, unlike MI5, it is operated entirely by police officers.

PSB cases[edit]

  • PSB agents had been involved in the arrest of former Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office official Toshihiko Shimizu, accused of providing classified data to a Russian embassy official, supposedly posing as a diplomat,[9][10] under the National Public Service Law.[10]
  • The PSB had failed in securing a Russian man wanted for spying in Japanese territory as a suspected agent of the SVR since the 1960s when he left Japan in 1995 and reentered the country several times before being unaccounted for when the spy used a Japanese name to obtain a Japanese passport in Vienna.[11]

Scandal[edit]

After a discovery of sophisticated radios by police during a raid on a JRCL Revolutionary Marxist Faction safehouse on April 10, 1998, PSB officials had reorganized their communications network to better safeguard it against unwanted intrusions.[2][12]

Organization[edit]

Department Mandate
General Administration Anti-minor groups such as religious cults, Japanese Communist Party and Social movement
First Public Security Division[13] Anti-left wing terrorist investigation[13]
Second Public Security Division Anti-left wing radical investigation
Third Public Security Division Anti-right wing radical investigation
Fourth Public Security Division Data management
First Foreign Affairs Division Anti-Russian/Eastern Europe/Communist Bloc espionage and Counter-intelligence
Second Foreign Affairs Division Anti-Chinese/North Korean espionage
Third Foreign Affairs Division[14] Anti-Middle East espionage and Counter-terrorism[14]
Public Security Mobile Investigation Unit Investigates places that are under PSB's jurisdiction including criminal/espionage/terrorist cases. Also has a NBC Terrorist Investigation Unit.

Known heads of PSB[edit]

See also[edit]

  • SO15 Specialist Operations branch within London's Metropolitan Police Service.
  • Gaiji Keisatsu TV drama series by NHK.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese Police". Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b Steve Macko. "JAPANESE POLICE STILL HAVE TROUBLE WITH LEFTIST RADICALS". Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Day of Judgement". Yomiuri Shimbun. 2004-02-19. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  4. ^ "Aum Shinri-kyo Updates (CESNUR) - April 10-17, 2000". CESNUR. 
  5. ^ "Aum computer firm got list of 3,000 Honda execs". The Japan Times. 2000-03-03. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Sumitomo Bank, Hosei University on Aum-related PC firms' client list". The Japan Times. 2000-03-12. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Suspected Russian spy sought by MPD". The Japan Times. 2002-03-23. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  8. ^ Hiroshi Matsubara (2004-05-13). "Activists claim political oppression". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  9. ^ "Papers sent to prosecutor on Japanese intelligence official, Russian 'spy' over information leak". 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  10. ^ a b "Official probed over leak to Russian agent". Kyodo News. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  11. ^ "LEAD: Police send papers on man alleged to have spied for Russia for 30 yrs+". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  12. ^ "Raid on leftist lair yields police radio recordings". The Japan Times. 1998-04-10. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  13. ^ a b "Security Bureau". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  14. ^ a b "To Protect Peace and Freedom of [the] Democracy, For Foreign People/Security". Japanese National Police Agency. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  15. ^ "Prosecutors drop NPA shooting case". The Japan Times. 2004-07-29. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  16. ^ "Security Bureau chief to head MPD". The Japan Times. 2004-01-17. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Katzenstein, Peter J. (2008). Rethinking Japanese Security: Internal and External Dimensions. Routledge. 

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