Japan’s defense ministry proposes to repeal the system of civilian defense official Counselor (Figure)
Data Figure: Japan Ground Self-Defense held a central rapid reaction force reorganization ceremony
Xinhua news network reported, according to China, Japan,” Asahi Shimbun, “said August 26 the Japanese Ministry of Defense official Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda delivered a reform of the Ministry of Defense Program Outline “for the implementation of the reform plan,” one of the most important element of reform is the establishment of the defense minister and his assistant, official defense force integration. By this reform, Japan’s defense ministry will change the past, civil and military officials isolation, poor communication system, enhance self-defense capabilities.
defense minister will be equipped with his assistant, Officer
the biggest highlight of this reform is the abolition of the official system of defense counselor, through political appointments, with three for the defense minister assistant officer. Defense counselor officer system has evolved in the Defense Agency (later upgraded to Defense Ministry) was founded in 1954, has been established, aimed at ensuring political than military, civilian rule defense agencies. Japan’s defense ministry official counselor is a rank of civilian officials, senior officials in the end, responsible for supporting Defense Agency (later known as the Minister) work. After along after the change, the division of labor continue to refine, Capacity to 9. Japan’s “Defense Establishment Law” clearly provides that defense officials can not be self-defense officials counselor, that military officers. In Defense Agency 50 years of history, the counselors directly under the Defense Agency officials generally promoted up the bureau-level officials, both civilian officials.
this system lead to a lot of criticism in recent years, most of which is the voice of Japan’s defense ministry accused of “civilian control”, “directly under the Office of the Secretary Defense Agency official was promoted to counselor, which is equal to civilian rule in Defense Agency, contrary to the Defense Agency ‘Wenmin control’ principle as a system, such as counselors from the various government can not provide help for the defense minister. “Shi Pomao Japan’s defense minister took office in his book” national defense “is also on the This system strongly criticized. In his book, the Japanese Ministry of Defense revealed a strange phenomenon, the counselors were refined after the official division of labor, “Ministry of Defense has undergone a major event, and even ministers have to work quickly, but as long as this matter with the name of the official duties of counselors there is no correlation , Staff Officer in relation to anything which is not, as some of the attitude of the minister’s assistant. “
In addition, the Ministry of Defense set up the reform plan also includes the highest deliberative body,” Defense Conference “, by politicians, composed of civilian and defense officials, the defense minister for the decision-making advice.
“uniform group” and “suit groups’ joint
Japanese forces land, sea and air three have their own independent supreme decision-making.” Ministry staff supervision “(the equivalent of Staff), and three joint operations” integration staff supervision department “(General Staff), these military and civilian agencies directly under the Ministry of Defense has a clear division of labor, dubbed the” uniform group ” and “suit group.” In this reform, the defense will achieve “uniform group” and “suit groups’ union, the establishment of civil and military officials, defense force composed of preparedness department.
“integration staff supervision,” is self-defense one of the most important decision-making, under the reform outline, the size of this sector will continue to expand, formerly civilian agencies “operational planning bureau” will and into this sector. In addition, because the Japan-US alliance between the increased uncertainty, the Japanese increasingly feel the urgency to develop self-defense policy, therefore, “Defense Policy Board” function will also be strengthened. Of these sector-specific reform steps, the Japanese Ministry of Defense in August next year, the development of relevant plans, formally implemented in 2010.
set up counter-intelligence department
under the new reform plan, the Ministry of Defense will this year set up a “counter-intelligence committee” responsible for keeping the secret Ministry of Defense intelligence. Recently, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces intelligence frequent disclosure, loss scandal. In July, Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Ministry director of the central aspects of team announced a Japan-US joint military exercises to save important information for U disk lost by a GSDF captain thrown away as garbage. After the incident, the United States much dissatisfaction, a Guan Ming complained, “Why Japanese do not understand the importance of top-secret intelligence to save it?”
In addition, the Ministry of Defense major conferences on the public level, meeting record-keeping problems, emergency information guides, the new reform framework has also made provision accordingly.
2007 In January, the Japan Defense Agency was finally achieved by the “hall” to “province” of the changes, renamed the Ministry of Defense. Subsequently, the Japanese government held a “Defense Reform Conference”, revamp defense forces. (I have heard the new Fang/west)