In the Japanese police organization, only the Metropolitan Police Department becomes "the bureau" where the security police branch becomes independent. In other prefectural police forces, the Public Security Section and Foreign Affairs Division are installed in a Security Department. Tokyo is seen as an exception since it had been working with the Japanese National Police Agency for the longest time since they share the same location.
The PSB is not a Japanese version of Federal Bureau of Investigation, despite some claims that it is. It does not concern with ordinary criminal activities. It main focus is activities which threaten national security and therefore, the purpose is much similar to MI5. However, unlike MI5, it is operated entirely by police officers.
PSB cases[edit | edit source]
- The PSB had been mobilized to investigate all Aum Shinrikyo facilities after the deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. Following the discovery of an Aum cultist who had been employed by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces after sensitive military information had been leaked out, the PSB had investigated the matter. The PSB had been the leading agency to investigate reports that Aum Shinrikyo had acquired names of 3,000 Honda executives and sensitive data from government ministries and other important facilities via Aum-created software.
- An ex-Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces warrant officer had been investigated by the PSB for divulging military secrets under the Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement to a Russian GRU operative, who was identified as Aleksei Shchelkonogov.
- Three activists of the Tachikawa Jieitai Kanshi Tentomura had been said to be prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International when they had arrested by police with the PSB investigating them for conducting anti-war activities after illegally entering an SDF housing complex in Tachikawa.
- PSB agents had been involved in the arrest of former Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office official Toshihiko Shimizu, accused of providing classified data to a Russian embassy official, supposedly posing as a diplomat, under the National Public Service Law.
- The PSB had failed in securing a Russian man wanted for spying in Japanese territory as a suspected agent of the SVR since the 1960s when he left Japan in 1995 and reentered the country several times before being unaccounted for when the spy used a Japanese name to obtain a Japanese passport in Vienna.
Scandal[edit | edit source]
After a discovery of sophisticated radios by police during a raid on a JRCL Revolutionary Marxist Faction safehouse on April 10, 1998, PSB officials had reorganized their communications network to better safeguard it against unwanted intrusions.
Organization[edit | edit source]
|General Administration||Minor groups such as religious cults|
|First Public Security Division||Anti-left wing terrorist investigation|
|Second Public Security Division||Anti-left wing radical investigation|
|Third Public Security Division||Anti-right wing radical investigation|
|Fourth Public Security Division||Data management|
|First Foreign Affairs Division||Anti-Russian/Eastern Europe/Communist Bloc espionage and Counter-intelligence|
|Second Foreign Affairs Division||Anti-Chinese/North Korean espionage|
|Third Foreign Affairs Division||Anti-Middle East espionage and Counter-terrorism|
|Public Security Mobile Investigation Unit||Investigates places that are under PSB's jurisdiction including criminal/espionage/terrorist cases. Also has a NBC Terrorist Investigation Unit.|
Known heads of PSB[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- SO15 Specialist Operations branch within London's Metropolitan Police Service.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Japanese Police". http://www.iej.uem.br/police.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
- Steve Macko. "JAPANESE POLICE STILL HAVE TROUBLE WITH LEFTIST RADICALS". http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20080111063549/http://www.emergency.com/japnleft.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
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- "LEAD: Police send papers on man alleged to have spied for Russia for 30 yrs+". Associated Press. http://www.breitbart.com/print.php?id=D92HD7U81&show_article=1. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
- "Raid on leftist lair yields police radio recordings". The Japan Times. 1998-04-10. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn19980410a8.html. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
- "Security Bureau". Federation of American Scientists. http://www.fas.org/irp/world/japan/sb.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
- "To Protect Peace and Freedom of [the Democracy, For Foreign People/Security"]. Japanese National Police Agency. http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp/foreign/gaiyo2/keibi1.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
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Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Katzenstein, Peter J. (2008). Rethinking Japanese Security: Internal and External Dimensions. Routledge.
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- To Protect Peace and Freedom of the Democracy (Metropolitan Police Department Official Website) (English)