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In a masterpiece of timing, the Japanese government is considering a new NSA-style agency to monitor internet communications in the country. Top government security advisory panel the National Information Security Centre (NISC), which is chaired by prime minister Shinzo Abe, is currently seeking public consultation on its …

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  1. LarsG
    Meh

    Really?

    They are already doing it, but they need to get some legitimate/illegitimate laws into place as soon as possible before they are outed in the media by a whistle blower.

    1. Ole Juul Silver badge

      Re: Really?

      And prime minister Shinzo Abe wants to strengthen ties with the United States.

  2. Barry Dingle

    The Wii of Cybersecurity

    At least it will give another democracy a workout.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The Wii of Cybersecurity

      There was this one time for about 11 months when Japan didn't elect the LDP (who've pretty much ruled the nation since 1955)!

  3. Arachnoid
    Holmes

    They could save a few million on investment and just ask the Americans for the transcripts

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What a waste of money...

    ...they should invest it in Gundams or some other kind of mecha.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I've read enough Reg articles

    to know where this is going.

  6. Tom 13

    Re: Don't you guys read the news over there?!

    Of course they have! If they hadn't they wouldn't be trying to implement this revolutionary new western idea.

  7. William Boyle
    FAIL

    Why not? :rolleyes:

    "If the big guys can do it, why not us!". This must be the rationalization being used in the Diet... Gah!

  8. MrDamage

    So like all other Jap tech

    It'll cost half as much, take up far less space, and be 5 time more efficient than the yank version.

  9. WatAWorld

    This is probably part of strengthening ties with the USA

    This is probably part of strengthening ties with the USA.

    Probably Obama told the Japanese PM he needs to do this if he wants to continue his trading relationship with the USA on its current basis.

    He might have told him, "If you don't do it, we'll do it for you."

    And then he might have wrapped up with, "You're either with us or against us."

    That seems to be how he US gets its way here in Canada.

    Hopefully Japan has more autonomy than we do.

  10. Yorkshirepudding
    Trollface

    konichiwa

    With all that tentacle porn to sift through they will be busy

  11. cortland

    They know how it's done

    From Wikipedia:

    (特別高等警察 Tokubetsu Kōtō Keisatsu), often shortened to Tokkō (特高 Tokkō) was a police force established in 1911 in Japan, specifically to investigate and control political groups and ideologies deemed to be a threat to public order.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokubetsu_K%C5%8Dt%C5%8D_Keisatsu

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