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Japan pursues greater Five Eyes intel-sharing amid China concerns

Despite push, Tokyo's lack of spy agency may keep it on alliance's sidelines

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited the U.K. this month, seeking stronger cooperation with like-minded democracies.   © Pool photo/Kyodo

LONDON -- As China continues its assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific and Russia's invasion of Ukraine has shaken the foundations of global security, Japan is looking to bolster cooperation with the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance.

There has been a push to expand the framework, which currently includes English-speaking democracies the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. But Japan's lack of a dedicated intelligence agency could stand in the way of more comprehensive cooperation between the two sides.

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