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Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office
Naikaku Jōhō Chōsashitsu
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Japan
Headquarters Nagatacho, Tokyo, Japan
Employees 170–175
Agency executive
  • Shigeru Kitamura
Parent agency Cabinet Secretariat

Naichō (内調?), an abbreviation for Naikaku Jōhō Chōsashitsu (内閣情報調査室?, Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office),[1] is an intelligence agency of Japan, an agency of the Cabinet Secretariat, which reports directly to the Prime Minister.

The agency is said to be an equal to the American Central Intelligence Agency.[2] However, it is often criticized as being rather ineffectual, spending most of its energy translating foreign publications rather than gathering any substantial intelligence[3] while being accused of spying on Japanese nationals on domestic soil.[3]


Naicho headquarters occupies 6th floor of the Cabinet Office Building

According to its official web site, organization of Naicho is as follows.[4]

  • Director of Cabinet Intelligence (内閣情報官?)
  • Deputy Director of Cabinet Intelligence (次長?)
  • Divisions
    • General Affairs Division (総務部門?)
    • Domestic Division (国内部門?)
    • International Division (国際部門?)
    • Economy Division (経済部門?)
    • Cabinet Information Integration Center (内閣情報集約センター?)
  • Cabinet Intelligence Analysts (内閣情報分析官?)
  • Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center (内閣衛星情報センター?)
  • Counterintelligence Center (カウンターインテリジェンスセンター?)

Known heads of Naicho

  • Yoshio Omori[5]
  • Kazuhiro Sugita (Jan. 2001–Apr. 2001)[6]
  • Toshinori Kanemoto (Apr. 2001–Apr. 2006)[7]
  • Hideshi Mitani (Apr. 2006–Apr. 2010)[8]
  • Shinichi Uematsu (Apr. 2010–)[9]

Spy scandal

On January 17, 2008, an official of Naichō was charged for spying for Russians, passing them classified information. The Russians denied the claim.[10] Since then, there had been calls for greater accountability on Naicho.[11]

References and notes

  1. "Names of Government Organizations and Positions" (PDF). Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2013-12-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Andrew Oros. "Japan's Growing Intelligence Capabilities" (PDF). International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. Retrieved 2009-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Cabinet Research Office". Retrieved 2009-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "内閣情報調査室". Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2015-02-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Hiroko Nakata (2007-01-11). "Creating new security system fraught with obstacles". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2009-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 内閣危機管理監 (in Japanese). Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2011-02-27. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 内閣情報官 (in Japanese). Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2011-02-27. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 内閣情報官 (in Japanese). Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 2011-02-27. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 内閣情報官 (in Japanese). Cabinet Secretariat. Archived from the original on 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2011-02-27. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "A Japanese Faces Spy Charges". The Moscow Times. Archived from the original on January 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Japan's Cabinet urges tighter controls amid Russian spy scandal". Retrieved 2009-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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