Japan’s ambassador to Australia: Japan has made progress in joining the Five Eyes Alliance

Japan is strengthening its relationship with the United States and is increasingly active in expressing its intention to join the “Five Eyes Alliance” of intelligence sharing formed by five countries, including the United States. The Japanese ambassador to Australia, Nobuhiro Yamayama, was interviewed by Australian media recently and pointed out that Japan is making progress in joining the “Five Eyes Alliance”, “I would like to see this idea come to fruition in the near future.”

Once headed by the Japanese Foreign Ministry intelligence agency, Nobuhiro Yamayama, recently in the “Sydney Morning Herald” interview, “I feel very optimistic about the near future”, “I want to see this idea come true in the near future “. He said Japanese intelligence circles are building cooperative relationships with Australia and other countries in the Five Eyes, and that “this is really ongoing, and Japanese politicians and officials understand its importance more and more” and that Japan and the Five Eyes The “Five Eyes” members share common universal values and strategic interests, and are all democracies that see China as a strategic adversary.

Both see China as a strategic adversary

Recently, New Zealand, a member of the “Five Eyes Alliance,” is showing its reservations about working together on China issues under this framework, raising questions about cracks in the intelligence-sharing alliance and raising concerns about Japan joining as the “Sixth Eye. This has also raised concerns about Japan joining the “sixth eye. Japan is logically the best candidate in terms of interest and strength,” said Merkaugh, dean of the National Security College at the Australian National University, adding that “if there is a country that has a fine understanding of China, it is Japan. The composition of the Five Eyes Alliance has always been seen as unchangeable, but it is important to keep up with the times.”

Merkauf said the importance of the Five Eyes Alliance lies in the “mutual trust between intelligence agencies on some of the most sensitive information” and that it would be helpful for Japan to join because of its significant intelligence gathering and assessment capabilities. However, he said, to be fully accepted, Japan needs to conform to the norms and rules of the Five Eyes, which will be “a major institutional challenge”, and therefore, before officially becoming a “Six Eyes”. It would be more pragmatic to start with the “five eyes plus one” format.

Australia’s former foreign policy adviser Zitovitsky pointed out that the inclusion of Japan would allow the alliance to establish an important anchor point in Northeast Asia, but in view of the challenges Japan needs to strengthen its domestic security institutions to ensure that they can function, he also believes that the pragmatic approach is to start with the “five eyes plus one”, allowing Japan to gradually strengthen deeper cooperation with the other five countries. He also believes that a pragmatic approach is to start with the “five eyes plus one,” allowing Japan to gradually strengthen deeper cooperation with the other five countries to gradually improve mutual trust and minimize the risk of intelligence leaks.