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International relations

Japan deepens intelligence sharing with India, Australia and UK

To track Chinese activities better, Tokyo broadens sources beyond US

Indonesian naval officers stand by as a Japanese destroyer arrives in Jakarta as part of an Indo-Pacific tour in 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan seeks to expand cooperation in sharing defense intelligence with partners such as India, Australia and the U.K., broadening the scope of its state secrets law to include exchanges with countries beyond the U.S.

The expansion came in last month's revision of standards for the legislation, which already covers Washington, Tokyo's closest ally. The law -- enacted in 2014 amid controversy -- sets penalties of up to 10 years in prison for leaking secrets deemed to risk "causing severe damage to Japan's national security," covering areas such as defense, diplomacy and counterterrorism.

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