Japan to set up counter-terrorism intelligence unit

Tokyo, Nov 22 (IANS) The Japanese government has moved up the launch of a new intelligence unit dealing with international terrorism in the wake of the November 13 Paris attacks, the media reported on Sunday.

The government has planned to set up the unit in the foreign ministry by the end of the year, public broadcaster NHK reported.

It was initially scheduled to be launched in April 2016.

The unit is aimed at gathering and analysing information on extremists.

About half of the staff members will be stationed at Japanese embassies mainly in the Middle East.

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