The Kishida government is trying to strengthen collaboration with the information-sharing partnership Five Eyes intelligence as China becomes more active in the Indo-Pacific and the Russia-Ukraine war is threatening global security.
Japan’s lack of a designated intelligence agency might stymie complete collaboration with the Five Eyes, including a group of English-speaking nations that comprises the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
In reality, the U.S. House of Representatives requested the White House in early September last year that the “5-Eyes Alliance” for intelligence sharing be expanded to “Nine Eyes,” allowing South Korea, Japan, India, and Germany to better monitor Beijing.
According to “Nikkei Asia,” Japan has previously signed secrecy agreements with the U.S., U.K., and Australia. The agreement with New Zealand will expand Japan’s choices for sharing intelligence with “Five Eyes” countries.
Countries may share data collected from phone conversations, emails, and other communications and various geo-intelligence data, and intelligence services may share resources such as interceptors or listening stations.