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Quad is all about economic security: Japan's ex-NSC chief

Kitamura says multilayered communication with White House is key to alliance

Shigeru Kitamura, Japan's then-secretary general of the National Security Secretariat, meets Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in New Delhi in November 2019.   © Indian Ministry of External Affairs

TOKYO -- Almost a decade ago, Japan created a National Security Council and a dedicated secretariat composed of Japan's best and brightest 67 officials.

One of its aims was to establish a direct line of communication with the White House. Until then, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke to the State Department and the Ministry of Defense spoke to the Pentagon, but nobody spoke to the White House.

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