Security Council (Japan)

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The Security Council (安全保障会議, Anzen-Hoshō-Kaigi) of Japan was the nine-person national security council which advises the prime minister on national security and the military and deals with a wide spectrum of issues which indirectly affect Japan's broader interests, including basic national defense policy, the National Defense Program Outline, the outline on coordinating industrial production and other matters related to the National Defense Program Outline, including decisions on diplomatic initiatives and defense operations.


It was created on July 1, 1986 to replace its predecessor, the National Defense Council, which had acted as an advisory group on defense-related matters since 1956.

It was superseded by the Japanese National Security Council set up by Shinzo Abe in January 2014.[1][2]


The Security Council was presided over by the Prime Minister and includes the Ministers of State who were specified in advance under Article 9 of the Cabinet Law; the Foreign Minister, the Finance Minister, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, the Minister for Defense, the Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, and the Director General of the Economic Planning Agency; the Chairman of the Security Council may invite the Chairman of the Joint Staff Council or another relevant State Minister or Official to attend meetings.


  1. ^ Alexander Martin (21 November 2013). "Japan to Form Own National Security Council". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Japan launches U.S.-style National Security Council". Xinhua News Agency. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2014.