ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailMenu BurgerPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon SearchSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Politics

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.

If Kitamura is indeed promoted, the country's top national security post will go to someone with a police background, rather than to a former foreign ministry official.

Yachi, a former top foreign ministry official, became the first head of the secretariat for the National Security Council, which Abe founded in January 2014. The NSC secretariat is in charge of policymaking in foreign affairs and national security.

Yachi has held extensive discussions with counterparts, including John Bolton of the U.S. and Nikolai Patrushev of Russia.

The government is concerned that the secretariat might have relied too heavily on Yachi's individual ability and is determined to make it function well as an organization.

In addition, Yachi is 75, which has prompted Abe's government to consider bringing in a younger council leader.

Kitamura, who has headed the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, served as a secretary to Abe during his first stint as prime minister from 2006 to 2007. He remains a close aide to Abe.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Get Unlimited access

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends June 30th

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media