Metropolitan Police Department Foreign Affairs Division Reorganizes for the First Time in 19 Years to Expand Departments in Charge of North Korea and China October 9 at 6:50 PM
The Metropolitan Police Department’s foreign department, which investigates the leakage of foreign spies and confidential information, has been reorganized for the first time in 19 years. The plan is to expand the departments in charge of North Korea and China, and is expected to strengthen information gathering and monitoring in the future.
The Metropolitan Police Department has a foreign affairs department that investigates foreign spies and international terrorism operating in Japan, including one foreign affairs department in charge of Russia, two divisions in charge of Asia such as North Korea and China, and three sections in charge of Islamic extremists.
According to those concerned, from April of next year, we have increased the number of foreign affairs departments from the current three divisions to four divisions, and have decided to establish a new section specializing in North Korea in a way that makes it independent of the second division of foreign affairs, which currently has the entire Asia.
The company is looking to strengthen its response to the activities of North Korean operatives, illegal exports from Japan, and past abductions of Japanese nationals.
On the other hand, while it has been pointed out that China is actively spying in the advanced technology field, it is expected that the current foreign affairs division 2 will be specialized in correspondence with China and other countries, and the system will be substantially strengthened for China.
After the war, the foreign department of the Japanese police was focused on responding to communist countries centered on the former Soviet Union, but it seems that it was judged that it was necessary to strengthen information gathering against threats from North Korea and China.
In the future, the Metropolitan Police Department will coordinate specific budgets and personnel with relevant agencies.
Background of reorganization”: “Growing threats”
There are growing threats to Japan behind the strengthening of the police’s foreign department’s response to North Korea, China, and other areas.
North Korea is believed to be continuing to develop nuclear weapons and missiles, and police officials believe that operatives are still working in Japan.
There are also investigators who say, “It’s the country where we don’t know what we’re going to do in the future,” with no clue to the resolution of past abductions.
Meanwhile, China is also fighting fiercely for supremacy with the United States in high-tech fields and other areas, and in the United States, the FBI-Federal Bureau of Investigation is strengthening China’s crackdown on espionage.
Recently, it has been confirmed that not only espionage by conventional intelligence agencies, but also movements to obtain information under the guise of economic activities have been confirmed.
Until now, the Metropolitan Police Department has been in charge of North Korea and China in one section, but it is thought that there is an aim to increase the expertise by dividing it into another section and to counter the information war with each country.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are also scheduled for next year, and we plan to strengthen measures against cyberattacks targeting Japan’s infrastructure and other areas in the future.
Author Iku Aso “A Big Turning Point”
As for this reorganization, mr. Aso, a writer who has drawn the reality of the public security police in many works such as the novel “Foreign Affairs Police”, said, “During the Cold War in the East and West, there was also a meaning to counter espionage on the east side, and the department in charge mainly of the former Soviet Union has been regarded as a flower form in the foreign affairs department of the police. Strengthening responses to North Korea, which is developing missiles, and China, which is rapidly expanding its power, has historical significant and will be a major turning point.”
“China in particular seems to be focusing not only on members of the intelligence agencies up to now, but also on new espionage using ordinary international students and people working for companies. It’s an invisible world, but you should be aware that there’s a threat going on before you know it. The importance of the police department’s foreign department is growing significantly.”
Expert “The most threat to Japan because it does not know the actual situation of North Korea”
Satoru Miyamoto, a professor at Seigakuin University who conducts research on North Korea, said, “North Korea, which is developing nuclear and missile programs, is considered to be the most a threat to Japan. There is also activities by fishing boats and the movement of operatives to acquire foreign currency, as well as cyberterror terrorism, and we should be aware that this is a country that still does not know the actual situation.”
On top of that, he said, “In addition to investigating what kind of information North Korea is obtaining about Japan and the actual state of its operations, there is a need for human resources who can accurately analyze it.”