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Interview

Japan wants de facto 'Six Eyes' intelligence status: defense chief

Kono expresses 'grave concerns' about China's maritime activity

Defense Minister Taro Kono speaks during an interview on Aug. 12 in Tokyo. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan is eager to expand cooperation with the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing alliance that includes the U.S. and the U.K, Defense Minister Taro Kono told Nikkei, expressing hopes for the framework that would allow the country to obtain key classified information at an early stage.

"These countries share the same values," Kono said in an interview. "Japan can get closer [to the alliance] even to the extent of it being called the 'Six Eyes'."

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