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Japanese Diet OKs bill on setting up National Security Council
TOKYO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Japan's House of Councilors on Wednesday gave green light to a bill aimed at forming a U.S.-style National Security Council (NSC), marking the Japanese Diet, or parliament, enacted the law to grant greater power to the prime minister's office to craft the country's foreign and defense policies.
The NSC is to coordinate ministries and government agencies involved in the country's foreign and defense affairs and the body's headquarters will be installed within the Cabinet Secretariat.
The prime minister, under the new framework, will meet with chief cabinet secretary and foreign and defense ministers twice a month to discuss a range of diplomacy and defense issues.
Shotaro Yachi, a foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is reportedly expected to be the first chief of the 60- member government branch.
Japan plans to kick off the first meeting among prime minister, chief cabinet secretary and foreign and defense ministers next month, according to local media.
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