Yachi to Step Down as Japan's NSC Secretariat Head


Tokyo, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--Shotaro Yachi will step down as head of the secretariat at Japan's National Security Council in line with the planned cabinet reshuffle next week, government sources said Monday.

Yachi, 75, is expected to be replaced by Shigeru Kitamura, 62, current director of cabinet intelligence.

Yachi is the first chief of the secretariat, founded in January 2014, for the NSC, the command base for Japan's diplomatic and security policies. He served as vice foreign minister from 2005 to 2008.

He is known to have the trust of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Observers, however, have pointed out differences with aides to the prime minister over policies regarding China and Russia.

Originally from the National Police Agency, Kitamura served as the head of the agency's Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Department before assuming the position of cabinet intelligence director during the Democratic Party of Japan-led government in 2011.

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