"There is a larger trend across Asia to bring deliberations and decision-making into presidential or ministerial offices in an effort to better respond to the rapidly changing security environment in Asia. The reasons for these efforts are varied and complex."
China and Japan have little in common these days. But in one area the two countries appear to be proceeding along similar lines: both Beijing and Tokyo are working to establish newly institutionalised National Security Councils to co-ordinate their foreign policy and national security. Why?
Japan's decision to establish a clearly defined and legislatively supported National Security Council has been long in coming. There had been several attempts in the past to establish such an entity, but this effort has more heft and strategic design than any previous push.