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Wikileaks reveals US spied on Japan government

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) attends a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo.

The whistleblowing website Wikileaks today revealed the United States has been spying on Japanese government officials, leaders of companies such as Mitsubishi and governor of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) Haruhiko Kuroda, releasing a list of “35 secret targets” the US National Security Agency (NSA) had in that country.

Wikileaks said the surveillance extends back to at least eight years.

News comes amid western powers’ concerns on US spying on its allies such as Germany and France.

“Documents show the depth of the surveillance on the Japanese government and the fact that information of numerous ministries and government services was collected and analyzed,” the website founded by Julian Assange said further revealing that the US also spied on Japan’s World Trade Organization (WTO) plan.

“This is a Secret US National Security Agency (NSA) 2009 report derived from intelligence intercepts of officials within the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The report indicates that the National Security Agency had gained access to a list of talking points drafted by the Ministry for minister Shigeru Ishiba's use at a planned meeting with the US Trade Representative during an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) event in Paris. The talking points relate to agricultural import rules under negotiation at the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This issue gave rise to a split between developed and developing countries in 2008, resulting in an ongoing impasse at the Doha Round.”

Japan authorities have made yet no official comments on today’s revelations.

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