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To Add Japan to the “Five Eyes,” Kick New Zealand Out

How reliable is Japan? Japan’s defense minister Taro Kono reportedly wants to join the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network, although it is not known what position his new boss prime minister Yoshihide Suga takes on the issue. Grouping the United States with its four closest English-speaking allies — the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — the Five Eyes is the closest thing going to a global intelligence directorate. It’s members promise not to spy on each other … and are widely suspected of spying on everyone else.

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