TOKYO (AP) — Japan has finalized plans for an anti-terrorism intelligence unit as the country gears up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Friday that the special unit will be launched within the Foreign Ministry next week.
The launch of International Counterterrorism Intelligence Collection Unit comes four months ahead of its initially planned April launch because of the deadly attacks in Paris.
Suga said intelligence-gathering staff trained in languages and other skills will be sent to areas susceptible to terrorist activities, including parts of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and northwestern Africa.
Japan is pushing to bolster its anti-terrorism intelligence capabilities ahead of a Group of Seven summit next year that will be held in western Japan.