Cabinet Research Office
[Naicho - Naikaku Chosashitsu Betsushitsu]
Japan's central intelligence agency is the Naicho, a small section of the Prime Minister's Office staffed by some 80 personnel who analyze information from abroad. It is supposed to act as a coordinating agency for other groups in the government, but critics say it does not. Critics suggest that this office is rather ineffectual, spending most of its effort on outside researchers and professors translating newspaper articles and official documents from abroad. Other critics, from a different perspective, have charged [not entirely credibly] that the office is being strengthened to conduct surveillance on citizen activists.
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