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Opinion

Japan needs to manage its Five Eyes expectations

Pros and cons associated with joining the Anglo intelligence sharing alliance

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Fumio Kishida reviews an honor guard at the Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Asaka in November 2021: Japan lacks a stringent security clearance system and effective legislative oversight.   © Reuters

Masahiro Matsumura is professor of international politics and national security at the faculty of law, St. Andrew's University, Osaka.

In coping with the present danger posed by Russia and China, Japan under Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has energetically striven to enhance the sharing of classified information with the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance comprising the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

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