According to the Japanese economic news on August 15, in an interview recently, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono expressed his willingness to expand cooperation with the five eye alliance, a cooperation framework established with the intelligence agencies of the United States and Britain.
the five eye alliance is a framework organization composed of Anglo Saxon English speaking countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. At first, Britain and the United States took the lead in signing the Anglo American Agreement, analyzing and sharing intelligence obtained through monitoring, and serving the field of security.
Japan has already established an information exchange mechanism with the five countries. Kono’s view is that by expanding the scope of cooperation, the effect of intelligence sharing and obtaining higher classified intelligence can be achieved at an earlier stage.
it is reported that the “five eye alliance” has established solid diplomatic ties. “It is very important to keep pace in the diplomatic and economic fields,” he said For example, he said that Japan’s cooperation with the five countries could be climate change and space waste disposal.
Kono said that the “five eye alliance” has been exploring Japan on several occasions. He believes that joining the “five eyes alliance” does not require any formal procedures.
there is a view that in order to share more classified intelligence, it is necessary to join the Anglo American Agreement. The defense ministry’s position is that it is difficult to give an answer to the existence and content of the agreement.
it was also reported that Japan’s domestic security system must be strengthened. In Japan, there is no so-called “loyalty evaluation” system, which means that those who are considered unlikely to leak secrets, even the non-governmental people, will not be restricted from browsing high-level information.