Intelligence
Does Japan have an secret foreign intelligence service?

Does Japan have an secret foreign intelligence service?

That is the question raised in the Sydney Morning Herald today. According to a cable leaked exclusively to the SMH,  a secret foreign intelligence service “modelled on Western intelligence services such as the CIA, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Britain’s MI6″ has been created as part of the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office –...

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Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Chinese Espionage Cases Uncovered in the US in 2010

Last week STRATFOR posted an in-depth analysis of Chinese espionage in the US during 2010. The post comes as French car manufacturer Renault (alongside the national counter-intelligence agency, DCRI) investigate leaks to an unnamed foreign state after restricted information on the company’s electric vehicle development made its way into the hands of ‘persons unknown’. The...

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Wikileaks on Japanese-US-Australian intelligence cooperation

Wikileaks on Japanese-US-Australian intelligence cooperation

This one was a bit of a surprise earlier in the week, but it offers useful insight into what Japan’s poor data OPSEC has done to its reputation. In 2006, as Japan and Australia were discussing what would become the March 2007 Japan-Australia Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, Australia and the US discussed Japanese proposals...

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Map References: “SDF Preparations All Have But Only One Target: China”

Amid sugar cane fields on a hill almost dead-center on far-flung Miyakojima island stands a facility that is at the forefront of Japan’s signal intelligence efforts. There, on the outcrop 300 kilometers southwest of the main Okinawa island, are two silo-like buildings, each some 30 meters tall. Next to the silos is what, at first...

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Defense Ministry considering UAV option

Defense Ministry considering UAV option

Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk via Wikipedia On December 30, the Daily Yomiuri reported that Japan is looking into UAV technology for the surveillance of China and North Korea. This is backed up by the Midterm Defense Buildup Program from 2011, which the Cabinet approved on December 17. The paper’s sources in Ichigaya stated that senior...

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SIGINT facility in Higashi Chitose? [Updated]

Here’s something odd I found scrolling over Hokkaido. It’s a large circular field with a ring of tall metal towers in the middle. Inside the ring is a single building the size of an American McMansion. It’s pretty big — zoom out a bit and compare it with Chitose Air Base to the southwest. Anyone...

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Japan – China Confrontation: one more round

- China called on Japan to offer compensation for the detention of the Chinese ship captain, Zhan Qixiong. A declaration by China’s Foreign Ministry on the captain’s arrest stated that Japan had “flagrantly violated the territorial and sovereign rights of China and the human rights of its citizens.” It continued, “The Chinese government proclaims its...

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4 Japanese held by China

Four Japanese nationals have been held by Japan on suspicion of “filming military targets”. According to the Associated Press, the four have not been identified, but are suspected of being employees of the Fujita Corporation. The authorities accuse the Japanese of entering a military zone without authorization in Hebei province, the capital of which is...

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Japanese SAR satellite on the fritz

Japan has four spy satellites in orbit. The satellites, commissioned to keep track of North Korea’s missile program, were launched in the mid to late 2000s.  Three of the satellites are optical satellites. Japan’s only synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite, No. 2, has apparently lost power. According to the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, the No....

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Flash drives + P2P software = career-enders

A MSDF officer apparently brought the wrong kind of work home and is facing disciplinary action. The officer, a lieutenant commander in his 30s, is in charge of aircraft maintenance at the MSDF’s Atsugi Air Station in Kanagawa Prefecture. He had copied the document onto a personal USB flash memory device and stored it on...

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Ministry of Defense creates China-tracking intelligence unit

The National Institute for Defense Studies is standing up a research cell, the mission of which will be to study the Chinese military. It will study the strategic thinking guiding the People’s Liberation Army, the purpose of its recent military buildup and its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, the daily said. I don’t know...

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