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Japan's national security adviser Yachi on way out

Post to go to Shigeru Kitamura, close aide to Abe with police background

Shotaro Yachi became the first head of the secretariat for the National Security Council, which was founded in January 2014 by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's national security adviser Shotaro Yachi appears to be on the verge of stepping down, to be replaced by Japan's top intelligence officer, Shigeru Kitamura, Nikkei has learned.

The change is expected to take place next week when Abe reshuffles the cabinet, sources said.

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