Japan launches National Security Council to bolster defense postureUpdated: 2013-12-05 AM 10:27:48 (KST)
In what's being seen as a drive by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster Japan's defense posture, the country has launched a U.S. style National Security Council.
The council, headed by Abe and attended by three other foreign and defense ministers met for the first time on Wednesday, where they discussed how to cope with China's declaration of its new air zone, as well as the reported dismissal of North Korea's second in command, Jang Seong-thaek.
While little is known about the whereabouts of Jang, Japanese broadcaster TBS, citing a radio station run by North Korean defectors in South Korea, reported that Jang was detained by the country's military last Saturday.
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